News

Film fundraiser points to humanity before beliefs

KNITTED TOGETHER: Mary Meets Mohammad is set following the arrival of Tasmania’s first detention centre.
KNITTED TOGETHER: Mary Meets Mohammad is set following the arrival of Tasmania’s first detention centre. CONTRIBUTED

MARY Meets Mohammad 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.

Mohammad is detained inside the centre, so 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 holds 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 mixed.

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 as the beanies are delivered.

Mary and four other knitters immediately commit to regular visits afterwards.

Their friendships deepen with the Afghan Hazara men inside, as they help knitting and craft activities to flourish within the detention centre.

Mary and the women shed prior beliefs about asylum seekers and witness the centre's first hunger strike.

Asylum seeker Mohammad provides revealing insights of life inside the detention centre.

When the centre closes, some of the men decide to settle in Hobart.

The knitters stay in contact with the refugees and we see a close relationship develop between Mohammad and Mary.

Despite this, Mary remains uncomfortable with Mohammad's Islamic beliefs.

Will a connection of common humanity prevail for Mary and Mohammad, over their religious and cultural differences?

 

This film screening is a Northern Rivers Refugee Fundraiser and will be held at the Byron Theatre Community Centre on Wednesday, June 18, from 7pm. $15.

Topics:  refugees



Man stabbed multiple times in groin and back, woman charged

A man is in a critical condition after being stabbed multiple times

Fluoride completely healthy, says medical authority

The fluoride plant at Corndale.

No evidence to link low fluoridation to harmful health impacts

Local Partners

Kate goes down fighting in heated Survivor elimination

Australian Survivor contestant Kate Campbell.

YOGA teacher's 'good guys' alliance fails to get off the ground.

Emily Blunt's (almost) singing career

Emily Blunt nearly became the British Britney Spears.

Angelina is blocking calls from Brad Pritt

Angelina Jolie has reportedly blocked Brad Pitt's number.

Encounters on stage at Lennox Head

COMING SOON: Dancers Elizabeth Venn and Tess Eckert are part of Encounters, the upcoming performance by SPRUNG!! Integrated Dance Theatre Inc.

By Sprung!! Dance Theatre Inc

Apocalyptica 'seek and destroy' sceptics with 'master' set

Apocalyptica play Max Watts in Brisbane on their Shadowmaker Tour.

Review of final show of Apocalyptica's tour

Rebecca Hall doesn't own a TV

Newspapers, yes. Television, not so much

Buyers forking out millions

Owners benefiting from undersupplied Northern Rivers market

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Sunshine Beach property breaks real estate record

The property overlooks Sunshine Beach, as the backyard lawn meets the sand.

Sunshine Beach mansion sale smashes real estate record

New $33 million development planned for Ballina Shire

The site of a proposed seniors living development at Skennars Head.

Plans include 211 homes, clubhouse and recreational facilities

SOLD: Historic hotel finds new owner

Post Office Hotel Grafton

Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner

Pub in new hands and heading in a brand new direction