THIS MOTHER'S DAY
People Like Us and Mums4Refugees
Earlier this year, People Like Us collaborated with the grassroots organisation Mums4Refugees to create a short film for mothers in immigration detention in Australia and on Nauru. We wanted to send a message of hope and solidarity to these mothers and their families to let them know that they are not alone and that there are many Australians thinking about them and fighting for their right to safety, security and a place to call home.
'This Mother's Day' received over 100,000 views online, and the campaign and its hashtag #thismothersday trended on Twitter just one day after its launch. The film received media coverage by the ABC, SBS, the SMH and Junkee, among others, and was shared on social media by numerous celebrities, including Julian Burnside, Michael Leunig, Kathy Lette, Thomas Keneally, Phillip Adams, Peter FitzSimons, Tara Moss, Tracey Spicer, Corinne Grant, Wendy Harmer, Yumi Stynes, Imogen Bailey and Jane Caro, along with politicians Adam Bandt MP, Jamie Parker MP, David Shoebridge MP, Senator Lee Rhiannon, Senator Penny Wright, Anna Burke MP and Melissa Parke MP.
"This film is deeply moving and politically very poignant and powerful. It is of real cultural value." – Michael Leunig
"I have just watched the film and it brought me to tears. It is very powerful and is a significant way to be able to show our support for mohters in immigration detention and try, step by step, to change community attitudes towards asylum seekers." – Senator Penny Wright
"It's okay if there's something in your eye." – Junkee
DON'T LET THIS BE NEXT WEEK'S HEADLINE
Amnesty International Australia
In collaboration with Amnesty International Australia, we developed two films and an associated social media campaign to highlight the plight of Rohingyan refugees fleeing Myanmar and stranded at sea in South East Asia in mid-2015. We decided to create a couple of 'fake' news broadcasts – the first set in an imaginary future where the world has turned its back on this tragic issue, and the second showing viewers the possibility for change if the world takes immediate action.
Both films were viewed tens of thousands of times on social media and shared widely both in Australia and internationally.