Listen to our stories
Stories are powerful and have the ability for us to develop greater understanding, empathy and compassion for each other. Whether it be a short video, children’s book, film or novel, there are many ways we can develop a better understanding of the unimaginable hardship and challenges refugee experience, as well as the resilience shown, and achievements made. While refugee stories may be different to yours, their stories also share the strong message, that as humans we strive for the same things. test
Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey, by Margriet Ruurs and Nizar Ali Badr (2017)
A unique dual-language (English and Arabic) picture book about the Syrian refugee crisis inspired by the stone artwork of Syrian artist Nizar Ali Badr.
Support the author by purchasing the book here
Pictures in My Heart: Seeking Refuge – Afghanistan to Australia, by Fiona Hamilton (2015)
The level of intimacy shown in this documentary makes it stand out, the journey of a family from certain danger to an uncertain fate. An Afghan filmmaker with a Taliban bounty placed on his head is forced to flee his home country, with his wife, also a filmmaker, and their two young daughters. This essential documentary, shot entirely on three phones by all four members of the Fazili family, charts a journey which spans several years and numerous dispiriting detention centres.Watch
FOR SAMA is both an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war. A love letter from a young mother to her daughter, the film tells the story of Waad al-Kateab’s life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria as she falls in love, gets married and gives birth to Sama, all while cataclysmic conflict rises around her.Watch
Our Voice provides opportunities for mainstream disability service providers to build their capacity in responding to the services access needs of people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds through learning from people with lived experience.
New Humans of Australia seeks to reduce discrimination towards migrants, especially refugees, through the powerful medium of storytelling.
The Face to Face program now offers a range of digital packages including virtual incursions, for more information please fill in the inquiry form or contact our team.
Program for schools and colleges in Sydney, Wollongong and Melbourne
RCOA is offering an incursion program for schools in the Sydney and Melbourne metropolitan areas and Wollongong region.
Under the Face to Face program, a representative from RCOA and a speaker of refugee background present to students, teachers and other interested groups about the refugee experience. Refugee speakers share personal stories and give students the opportunity to learn about their experiences and their contributions to Australia.
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