Ocean Talks: Recovering Refugee Narratives
"My name is Mohamed and Raghad, we don't exist here anymore", Ali Mousawi. How are refugee memories expressed through the arts and how are they remembered within diasporas? This Ocean Talk features four fascinating speakers who will share their individual stories and how they have recovered refugee narratives through music, theatre, writing, visual arts, filmmaking and photography. Note: Ticket includes light refreshments and the opportunity from 5.30 – 6.30pm to view the exhibition The Face of Australia Speakers Joseph Toltz will share Hidden testimony: songs of Jewish Holocaust survivors in Australia. Joseph is a music researcher and administrator at the University of Sydney, and, most recently, co-Investigator for Performing the Jewish Archive, a four-year UK Arts & Humanities Research Council large grant based at the University of Leeds. Together with Associate Professor Anna Boucher, Joseph is working on the first published collection of Holocaust songs ( Bucharest, 1945 ). In 2020 he is co-producing a documentary with Tim Slade about the return of a child survivor to her birth city, Łódź, where her musical memories will be performed by the children’s choir of the city. Joseph is also working on the archive of the composer Wilhelm Grosz and on musical recordings made by Dr David Boder in Displaced Persons camps in Europe in mid-1946. Annette Janic has worked as a television production and program acquisitions professional, in genres ranging from live sport to documentaries, game shows, lifestyle and reality, including subscription TV channel launches in Australia, Singapore, Dubai and India. She is a first generation Australian with parents and an older brother who arrived under the International Refugee Organisation (IRO) from Germany following WWII. Annette was motivated to write her mother's biography titled WAR CHILD, Survival. Betrayal. Secrets . when it became apparent that as we are fast losing our post WWII migrants or refugees their powerful, important stories are being lost with them. My Le Thi was born in Central Highland of Southern Vietnam and migrated to Australia in 1985. My Le Thi studied Arts at the NT University and shares her story through her art. Her artwork concerns human conditions and in many aspects, speaks about all walks-of-life and against discrimination. She has worked on many art projects with various artists and community members in Australia and Vietnam. My Le also works as a performer, art consultant, project coordinator, curator, art teacher and a youth worker. Ali Mousawi is a filmmaker and photojournalist living in Sydney, Australia, originally from Ahwaz, Iran. Ali was the First Assistant Director for the feature Revawathaye Natamam and Cinematographer for the feature Qalamranj both shot in Iran. He made three documentaries in Ahwaz and three films in Australia, including Man in the Mirror, which premiered at the Arab Film Festival Australia, Scourge in Darkness, which was nominated for the best film award in International New Delhi Film Festival and Uncontainable Love, which has been screened at the opening night of Tropfest 2018. Ali has recently made a short film which is the first one-take short film in Australian cinema history and this film has been officially selected and awarded in more than 22 International Film festivals. He has also has been engaged as a cinematographer and DOP on projects for ABC's short film Queen Briany, Uncontainable Love, Museum of Contemporary of Art, Art Gallery of NSW, Camden City Council and Australian Arab Film Festival. He has over 14 years' experience in Ahwaz - Iran working for a variety of News Agencies, including as Main Photographer for Fars News Agency (Ahwaz/Tehran) from 2011 to 2013, Group Manager and Photographer for Ahwaz News Agency and Editor in Chief, Photographer at Bejwak Newspaper (Ahwaz) in 2012 and official photographer for Parramatta City Council (Sydney). Ali won first prize in Photography at the City and Media Festival, Ahwaz, 2010, and first prize in the Festival of Journalism in Bandar Abbas (Southern Iran) every year from 2008-2011. Your host: Kim Tao is the curator of post-Federation immigration at the Australian National Maritime Museum.