• (L - R) Styx, Samba, Buoyancy & All Three of Us. (SBS)Source: SBS
Let's honour the stories of refugees all around the world, in a collection curated by the Immigration Museum.
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SBS Movies

11 Jun 2020 - 5:32 PM  UPDATED 12 Jun 2020 - 9:05 AM

 

Inspired by UNHCR ambassador Cate Blanchett’s ‘Films of Hope’, ​the Immigration Museum has partnered with SBS On Demand to present a curated selection of films for Refugee Week 2020 to stream online for free.   

Join us from the comfort of your couch for a week of insightful films - paired with moving stories from refugees in Museums Victoria’s collection

In presenting some of the powerful lived experiences in the collection alongside films that highlight the resilience and hope of refugees, we hope to promote understanding of issues facing refugees worldwide. 

 

Capernaum (Capharnaüm)

Lebanon, 2018
Genre:
Drama
Language:
Arabic
Director:
Nadine Labaki
Starring:
Zain Al Rafeea, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole, Yordanos Shiferaw
What’s it about?
Twelve-year-old Zain (played by Zain Al Rafeea, who as Sara West put it, “will break your heart a thousand times over”) commits a violent crime after running away from his neglectful parents. While in jail, he decides to sue them for bringing him into the world.

Few films spark such rapturous reverence as this Lebanese film, which won the Jury prize at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, and was nominated for an Oscar. 

Watch Capernaum now at SBS On Demand:

Read more about Capernaum
Nadine Labaki, on how 'Capernaum' has changed her life
The Oscar-nominated director is forever changed after making her tough hybrid fiction film about life on the streets for world weary Syrian refugee children.

 

The Other Side Of Hope

Finland, 2017
Genre:
Comedy
Language:
Finnish
Director:
Aki Kaurismaki
Starring:
Ville Virtanen, Kati Outinen, Tommi Eronen
What’s it about?
Bringing together two men from very different worlds – the displaced Khaled, a stowaway refugee from Syria, and local middle-aged salesman Wikström, who’s bought a flailing seafood restaurant – this bittersweet comedy follows each as they seek a new place to call home. When Khaled is denied asylum, his path crosses fortuitously with Wikström’s. 

Watch The Other Side of Hope now at SBS On Demand:

 

Styx

Germany, 2018
Genre:
Drama
Language:
German,English
Director:
Wolfgang Fischer
Starring:
Susanne Wolff, Alexander Beyer, Gedion Oduor Wekesa
What’s it about?
Chasing ‘wild, untouched nature’ successful emergency doctor Rike (Susanne Wolff) eagerly embarks on a solo sailing trip in the Atlantic. But her dream holiday takes a sharp turn when, after a storm, she discovers a stricken fishing boat. Onboard are around a hundred refugees in dire straits. When Rike’s calls for help fall on deaf ears, she’s forced to make a fatal decision. 

Watch Styx now at SBS On Demand:

Read more about Styx
'Styx': Lean, Gripping, Topical Drama At Sea
Susanne Wolff thrills in Wolfgang Fischer's visceral, oceanic allegory about personal responsibility in the face of the refugee crisis.

 

All Three Of Us

France, 2015
Genre:
Comedy
Language:
French
Director:
Kheiron Tabib
Starring:
Kheiron Tabib, Leila Bekhti, Gérard Darmon
What’s it about?
Born in Iran and raised in a rough Parisian suburb, this is stand-up comedian Kheiron’s first feature film. It follows the story of his parents (Kheiron plays his dad in the film), eternal optimists Hibat and Fereshteh, the young family’s flight from Iran in the aftermath of the revolution, and their winding journey to a new life in France. This family dramedy is deftly told through humour that doesn’t diminish the torturous turns life took for Hibat in Iran.    

Watch All Three of Us now at SBS On Demand. Hurry! All Three of Us leaves SBS On Demand on 3 July:

 

Dheepan

France, 2015
Genre:
Drama
Language:
French
Director:
Jacques Audiard
Starring:
Jesuthasan Antonythasan, Kalieaswari Srinivasan
What’s it about?
Thrown together through desperation to leave Sri Lanka’s civil war, a Tamil soldier and a woman and her child enter France posing as a family. However, violent struggles on the streets of Paris disturb the peace they’re longing for in their new home. Awarded the Palme d’Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, and from the acclaimed director of A Prophet, Dheepan is both a tour-de-force thriller and a powerful depiction of the immigrant experience.

Watch Dheepan now at SBS On Demand:

Read more about Dheepan
Cannes: Jacques Audiard's 'Dheepan' wins Palme d'Or
Audiard's Tamil tale was the surprise winner of the top award of the Cannes Film Festival.

 

Samba

France, 2014
Genre:
Drama
Language:
French
Director:
Eric Toledano
Starring:
Omar Sy, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Tahar Rahim
What’s it about?
When a bureaucratic slip-up lands him in detention awaiting deportation, Samba Cissé, a Senegalese national living in France, crosses paths with Alice, who’s doing volunteer work in an effort to revitalise her life. As the unlikely pair keep being thrown together, it occurs to them they’ve a lot more to offer each other than they may’ve anticipated. With its warmth and humour, it’ll come as no surprise that Samba is from the creators of The Intouchables, also starring Omar Sy.

Watch Samba now at SBS On Demand:

 

Mediterranea

Italy, 2015
Genre:
Drama
Language:
French
Director:
Jonas Carpignano
Starring:
Alassane Sy, Koudous Seihon, Pio Amato
What’s it about?
After an exceedingly arduous journey from Burkina Faso across the seas to Italy, Ayiva and Abas have three months to find work which they hope will allow them to stay. Filmed in a documentary style, writer/director Jonas Carpignano depicts the two men’s consistent struggles, bringing forth the reality of life as a refugee. With underlying hostility that escalates to violence between the tent community of refugees, troublemaking local men and police, there’s plenty to continue to challenge Ayiva and Abas. 

Watch Mediterranea now at SBS On Demand:

 

Buoyancy

Australia, 2019
Genre:
Drama
Language:
Thai
Director:
Rodd Rathjen
Starring:
Ros Mony, Sarm Heng, Thanawut Kasro
What’s it about?
When 14-year-old Chakra follows his yearning for independence and a better life away from Cambodia’s rice fields and onto Thailand with the promise of factory work, little does he realise the horrors in store. With his new friend Kea, and other Cambodians and Burmese, Chakra has been tricked, and is promptly sold as a slave.

Buoyancy is the first film from writer/director Rodd Rathjen and is inspired by the real-life plight of workers sold into Southeast Asia’s fishing industry. Though the film is not overtly about a refugee experience, the issue of trafficking is closely linked to forced migration, smuggling and refugee displacement. Buoyancy was Australia’s entry in the 92nd Academy Awards’ International Feature Film category and was awarded the Panorama Prize by Berlinale’s Ecumenical Jury last year. 

Watch Buoyancy now at SBS On Demand:

Read more about Buoyancy
'If we actually showed what it is really like, it wouldn't be watchable': Rodd Rathjen talks 'Buoyancy'
The story of how a powerful account of modern slavery in the international fishing industry, made the journey from script to screen. (Now streaming)

 

Foreign Body

France, 2016
Genre:
Drama
Language:
French
Director:
Raja Amari
Starring:
Hiam Abbass, Salim Kechiouche, Sarra Hannachi
What’s it about?
After informing on her radical Islamist brother, Samia flees Tunisia in fear of retribution, and turns up on friend Imed’s doorstep in Paris. He encourages her to blend in as best she can, and when she lands a job as the personal assistant to wealthy widow Madame Bertaud, things look up. But Samia’s new life is complicated by the burgeoning sexual desire of Madame Bertaud for her young charge, awakening Imed’s own passion, in conflict with his religious beliefs. From writer/director Raja Amari.

Watch Foreign Body now at SBS On Demand. Hurry! Foreign Body leaves SBS On Demand on 3 July:

 

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Dheepan

The 2015 Palme d'Or Winner tells the story of an ex-Tamil Tiger's attempt to reinvent himself in Paris.

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