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19 Jun 2017 - 9:41 AM  UPDATED 19 Jun 2017 - 4:42 PM

The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe

Australia, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Ros Horin
Starring: Aminata Conteh-Biger, Yordanos Haile-Michael, Rosemary Kariuki-Fyfe, Yarrie Bangura
What's it about?
Restore your faith in humanity with this vibrant story of hope and resilience. Four African Australian women (former refugees), all victims of sexual abuse and violence, take on the risky and difficult challenge of creating and performing their stories in a professional theatre production. The film charts their journeys over a 5-year period from tentative and painful beginnings in exploratory workshops through to the eventual triumph of their theatre show against all the odds.


France, 2009
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Philippe Lioret
Starring: Vincent Lindon, Firat Ayverdi, Audrey Dana, Derya Ayverdi
What's it about?
A 17-year-old Kurdish refugee has spent the last three months of his life travelling across Europe in an attempt to reunite with his girlfriend in England. The end is in sight wen Bilal finally reaches the far north coast of France, where he can literally see the white cliffs of Dover across the English Channel. Bilal devises a plan to swim across the freezing waters of the Channel, and in training at the local swimming pool, he crosses paths with Simon (Vincent Lindon), a middle-aged swimming instructor with a dejected spirit, with whom he forges a common bond.  

Welcome review: Compassionate drama keeps hope afloat
Watch interview with director Philippe Lioret


Go deeper into the issues with our documentaries


Inside The Desert City

What's it about? Zaatari is no ordinary city. It's a refugee camp in Jordan, and home to some 80,000 Syrians who have fled the bombs and bullets of Syria's civil war. What was once a temporary camp has now become a city the size of a small city. This incredible documentary gets beneath this surprising metropolis, a place of huge logistical challenges and extraordinary human stories. Presenters Anita Rani, Dr Javid Abdelmoneim and hostile-environment expert Ben Timberlake immerse themselves in the life of the camp, reporting from behind the scenes and meeting the families who call Zaatari home.


Dateline: The Forgotten Orphan Refugees 

What's it about? Dateline investigates what happens to refugee children when their parents die on the journey? We meet migrant children dealing with the daily struggle of survival, including two young siblings living in a derelict petrol station in Greece. They are among tens of thousands of refugee children stranded in Europe without their parents. 


In pictures: The world's refugees
The world’s refugee crisis in 11 moving images from UNHCR.

Explore the Zaatari refugee camp in SBS Interactive doc: ' Exit Syria' 

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