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Watandar, My Countryman


In the lead-up to Refugee Week 2023, local refugee advocacy group, Welcome to Maleny (W2M) is excited to be hosting a screening of the recently released, award-winning documentary, Watandar, My Countryman by Muzafar Ali and Jolyon Hoff (pictured).


The film was recently released at the Adelaide film festival, and now Muzafar and Jolyon are taking it on a state-wide screening tour, and Maleny is one of their destinations! At the end of the screening, they will both be holding a Q&A opportunity with the audience.


The film is the story of Muzafar Ali, an internationally renowned Afghan photographer and Human Rights activist who is settled in Australia as a refugee in 2015. When Muzafar discovers that Afghans have been an integral part of Australia for over 160 years, he begins to photograph their descendants in a search to define his own new Afghan-Australian identity. Then the Taliban take over Afghanistan and his old country comes calling.


Watandar, My Countryman will be screened in the Maleny Community Centre, on Saturday June 10. Doors open at 6pm for a 6.30pm start. Tickets are $15/$10 concession. There will be a licensed bar and snacks available for purchase. For more information contact Ann on 0407138182. Tickets available at: trybooking.com/CHIBX (Pictured: The Marree Camel Cup 2022 - image Maxx Corkindale.)


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