Freedom Is Beautiful is the story of two extraordinary, charismatic Kurdish refugees, Farhad Bandesh and Mostafa (Moz) Azimitabar who fled persecution in Iran and arrived in Australia separately by boat seeking asylum in 2013.
On Manus Island, where they spent 6 years, they met and formed a close friendship founded on art, music and a shared desire to speak out and resist. In 2019 they spent 18 months in immigration detention in Melbourne. In 2021 they finally gained their freedom.
During their years of captivity, they witnessed suffering and death, were isolated, dehumanised and assailed by a system designed to humiliate and break them. They refused to succumb.
Instead, they found tranquillity through music and art. This not only helped them survive, but also fight back, building their networks and using their voices to fight tirelessly for the freedom of everyone held.
Told in their own words, Freedom is Beautiful is an uplifting story of the power of love and our shared humanity.