Western Sydney filmmakers present community based film to mark Refugee Week

Published Tuesday, 2nd June 2015

Fairfield City Museum and Gallery is excited to host a free screening of feature film, MORTARS on Friday 19 June at 6pm.

The film will be screened as part of Fairfield City’s Refugee Week celebrations.

MORTARS, written and directed by Iqbal Barkat of Filigree Films, is part documentary, part fiction and tells a tale embedded in Western Sydney with universal themes. Fighting a lifelong battle for compensation for her crumbling house, an elderly woman finds a young refugee living on her doorstep. Can she trust him with her safety? Can he trust her with his?

Director Iqbal Barkat said if there was one take-away morsel from MORTARS, it is this: anxiety and compassion can coexist... Anxiety is never anxiety for the other.

"It always points to our incomplete self – our pathetic identity, which we believe the other will expose. Knowing this will not lead to overcoming anxiety, but to the possibility of compassionate action.” 

Following the screening a Q&A will be held with Barkat, his longtime collaborator and cinematographer Vincent Tay, and producer Natalie Oliver. Special guest on the Q&A panel will be Dr Eman Sharobeem, CEO of the Immigrant Women’s Health Service.

Iqbal Barkat is a director, writer and founding partner of Filigree Films in Sydney. He has more than 20 years’ experience in directing film and theatre. In 2014 he completed his PhD at the University of Western Sydney and now teaches screen production at Macquarie University.


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