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Film captures refugee boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea

A huge thank you Dogmilk for facilitating this intimate fundraising screening of Purple Sea.


Thanks to Amel Alzakout and Khaled Abdulwahed (Purple Sea), Mahmoud Salameh (Freedom is Mine) and Mohammed Daghagheleh (Refugee Voices) for sharing your stories on Saturday 27th March.


The Australian premiere screening of PURPLE SEA by Amel Alzakout and Khaled Abdulwahed recounted Amel's experience of being stranded in a capsized refugee boat in the Mediterranean in this poem-documentary.


A live-streamed Q&A with Amel Alzakout followed the screening.


An enormous thank you to Amel Alzakout for sharing her film and time with us, Mahmoud Salameh for his animation Freedom is Mine, and Evelyn Ida Morris and Komang Music for their wonderful performances.


A special thank you to Shanaaz and Saeed for providing the delicious food - it was a sell out!

Together, we raised $3420 for the next group of people to be released from detention in Melbourne.


Thank you to everyone who attended on Saturday, and for contributing your time, attention and money to a worthy film and cause.



Live streamed, Amel Alzakout answered questions with grace and compassion.
Mohammad Daghagheleh spoke of his own emotional experience as a boy travelling by boat with his family to Australia.
The sold out even brought audience members to tears as they witness the plight of refugees stranded at sea.
Mohammad helps his parents, Saeed and Shanaaz as they cater for the crowd.

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