Part of UK National Hate Crime Awareness Week. Northern Ireland Community of Refugees and Asylum Seekers (NICRAS) alongside the Housing Exectutive present the multi award winning doc, Mary Meets Mohammad.
If you have been wondering how you can support refugees in Northern Ireland you are invited to see the acclaimed Australian documentary film. As part of a contribution to the UK National Hate Crime Awareness Week the Housing Executive, alongside NICRAS and the Belfast Film Festival is organising a free screening of the award winning documentary film Mary meets Mohammad on Wed 14th October at the Movie House, Dublin Road, Belfast. A voluntary collection will be taken on the night for the Northern Ireland Community of Refugees and Asylum Seekers.
There will be 30 minutes for a short Q&A on Asylum Seekers and Refugees after the screening, with the hope to support groups running similar screenings across Northern Ireland.
The organisers encourage people to come along and bring friends, relatives, community representatives, neighbours and councillors to see the film and support local refugee initiatives.
Admission to the screening is free. Places are available on the night. The showing suitable for ages 16+
This film follows the arrival of Tasmania’s first detention centre through the eyes of local Christian woman and knitting club member Mary and Muslim Afghan Hazara asylum seeker Mohammad, who is detained inside the centre, as they connect through the gift of a knitted beanie.
The film opens with the federal government’s surprise announcement to build Tasmania’s first detention centre for 400 male asylum seekers at Pontville, on the outskirts of Hobart. The local community erupts with hostility as the Department of Immigration hold a public meeting two weeks later.
When a suggestion is made to knit beanies for the asylum seekers at the local knitting club – the response is a mixed one. Knitter and elderly Christian woman Mary is strongly opposed to the Muslim asylum seekers but she is curious to see the ‘luxurious life’ of the detainees so visits the centre a couple of months later as the beanies are delivered. Mary and four other knitters immediately commit to regular visits afterwards.
“I needed to have this experience rather than to be turned around by somebody else. To meet the men themselves, that’s what convinced me. There are so many lies going on out in the community.” – MARY