Advocacy and Power Program - ASRC
In 2018 we ran a series of storytelling workshops for the Advocacy and Power Program - an ASRC initiative designed to give refugees and people seeking asylum the skills to speak publicly about their personal experiences. Twenty-four people went through the program and are now advocating to shift community attitudes.
The aim of each workshop was to find the story in the mountain of detail, to separate the storyteller from the things that happened to them and find out who they were. Some were turned into audio slideshows. Every story was extraordinary. They were about courage, resilience and transformation.
Some of the participants are on indefinite temporary visas, so they are always being reassessed and can’t be identified. They exist in a state of limbo where income and medical support are intermittent or non existent, where education and employment are severely limited and where there is no possibility of family reunion or travel. They are indefinitely alone.
We will continue to work with the participants to produce their stories and publish them anonymously.
Given a chance
During the workshop, participants learned interviewing techniques, basic sound recording and photography skills.
This audio slideshow was produced from media recorded by everyone on the day.
Akuol tells her story
The group practiced interviewing techniques while asking Akuol about her journey from South Sudan to Australia.
The participants interviewed Sayed about his journey from Afghanistan to Australia. His words and the photographs were recorded during the workshop. Sayed now lives in Sydney where he is a practicing solicitor.
Kagi and Alyas
Kagi, experimenting with camera angles and composition.