When a group of young Brisbane locals discover that 120 refugees are indefinitely detained in a nearby hotel, they start to protest together. Led by vivacious spokesperson Dane and her friends, it grows rapidly to a national movement. Dane meets Sabah, whose husband Saif is detained in the hotel and has been forcibly separated from her and their son. Sabah and Saif become central figures in gathering momentum for the movement. But Sabah is desperately ill, and Dane steps in to help her care for her toddler. Meanwhile the refugees and activists persevere in their protests, and despite interventions from authorities at every level, they start to see some change. This story is not about politics, but people- showing that in coming together we may find hope for a better tomorrow.
Jemma Potgieter is a South African-Australian filmmaker. She is focused on directing social impact documentaries, which importantly always have a goal-oriented impact strategy attached. “Let Them Hug” is her first feature after working on several short documentaries and 360 degree impact film work. Jemma has a Bachelor of Commerce in Politics and Economics; and a Graduate Certificate in Screen Production. She also currently does freelance corporate videography.