Colourfest comes to Hobsons Bay

News item release date: Friday, 17 March 2017

Date                   Wednesday 22 March

Time                  7pm to 8.30pm

Where                Williamstown Mechanics Institute, 5 Electra Street Williamstown


Stories of friendships, families, a teacher who changed lives, the search for a missing loved one and the search for a better life - stories about being human.

These are the stories of Colourfest's brilliant, award-winning short films, and they're coming to Williamstown's Mechanics Institute on Wednesday 22 March for a very special FREE screening to celebrate Cultural Diversity Week.

Colourfest is an emerging national film festival focusing on the works of culturally diverse filmmakers in Australia. The festival reflects the reality of contemporary Australia through stories of Abbas, an Iranian Asylum Seeker turned Michael Jackson impersonator; Majak, a teenager from South Sudan who dreams of returning home to find his mother; and Maria and Zahoor, two mothers with very different experiences of starting life in Australia.

Australian Stories 2017 is Colourfest’s fifth and final collection of short films celebrating Australia’s diverse and evolving identity. This collection focuses on refugee stories which highlight the plight of humanity, of loss, movement and becoming.

Colourfest has been brought to Hobsons Bay as part of Cultural Diversity Week from 18 to 26 March. To find out what else is on pick up your Cultural Diversity program from your local library branch or community centre or download a copy from


Australian Stories 2017 – Colourfest film collection

Villawood Mums: Two filmmakers, who both spent part of their childhood as refugees in the Villawood facility, ask their mothers to share their stories of that experience. There are a few things that separate the arrival of Maria and Zahoor at Villawood: ten years, a few policy reforms, two very large fences and a more-than-symbolic name change from the Villawood Hostel for Refugees to the Villawood Detention Centre.

The Phoenix: (pictured) Exiled Iranian actor Mr Farid teaches theatre to reluctant asylum seeker teenagers inside an Australian Detention Centre. When the fate of the kids is unknown, he attempts to restore their lives but makes an unexpected discovery of his own.

Hope City: The story of Majak, a South Sudanese teenager and his ambitions of returning to his home country and reuniting with his long lost mother. A story about a new life, dreams and the past.

Ravi and Jane: 10 year old Ravi, a recent arrival from Sri Lanka, is shy on his first day at an Australian school. Ravi and his family have just moved into Sydney’s Villawood detention centre and school is the only time he is allowed outside its fences. He is befriended by Jane and she invites him to her birthday party. Jane is dismayed when he doesn’t turn up to the party and is absent from school on Monday, only to learn he has moved away. It is only when she receives a letter from Ravi that she understands that their friendship is not lost.

Man in The Mirror:  A short documentary by Western Sydney filmmaker, Ali Mousawi, that chronicles the life of an Arab asylum seeker from Iran turned Michael Jackson impersonator. Abbas becomes a Michael Jackson impersonator after he is told he looks like the iconic King of Pop in a Darwin detention centre.

1001 Nights in Fairfield: 1001 Nights in Fairfield combines well known stories from the an ancient Arab tale with real life stories from members of the Choir of Love, a choir established in Fairfield (NSW) by Bashar Hanna to assist in the self-organisation and cultural survival of recently arrived refugees from Iraq. This film amplifies the voices of some of Iraq’s minorities, the Chaldean, Armenian, Assyrian and Syriac communities, many of whom live in exile.

Colourfest comes to Hobsons Bay
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