Khaled fought against the “beast” of terror when working as an interpreter for the Coalition Forces in Iraq. Born Iraqi but raised in the Netherlands he believes in Western ideals of freedom like any Dutchman. But Khaled couldn’t escape the legacy of violence and spends the next 10 years travelling across 4 continents in search of safety. In the age of terror, Khaled is someone to be feared and is treated inhumanely. In 2015 he documents his quest to return home. Will he find sanctuary and have the life he always deserved or will he finally crack and become the “beast” they all fear him to be?
A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing
SANCTUARY gives a face to the faceless and a voice to the voiceless. The audience has the rare opportunity to connect with the humanity of an asylum seeker by getting to know and care about Khaled’s personal story. Philanthropic Foundations that advocate for the rights of asylum seekers will support a documentary that humanises such individuals. It is difficult for the Australian public to stand by and allow the abuse of another human being once they get to know them and witness their shared humanity. SANCTUARY does not seek to take a political stance on what is a humanitarian issue; the film seeks to reveal the impact of border protection policies on the human rights of one individual. This is just one man’s story but it is an avenue to creating greater awareness about the impact of our policies and practices on future and current asylum seekers who find themselves in Australia’s detention centres.
What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?
End Indefinite Detention of Asylum Seekers
What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?
We want people to understand the human cost of Australia's punitive offshore detention policies.
How will this documentary achieve its outcomes?
Use the film as a tool for partners in the sector to...
• Build awareness of the impact of detention and our flawed asylum process and give audiences something to do and get involved
• Create empathy and change Australian’s attitudes and re-humanise asylum seekers and refugees, shifting perceptions from “other” to fellow humans
• Educate young people and their families through High School and University education kits, and school and community Q&A screenings
• Re-energise staff, caseworkers, activists and workers in the sector, connect departments and remind volunteers that they are making a difference
• Engage the community to lobby government to uphold the Medevac bill, and decrease the time it takes to process asylum applications
How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?
We know this film will be an important advocacy tool and we have begun consultation with organisations in the sector.
Audience Engagement and Social Impact
What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?
We will develop our call to action in conjunction with our impact partners.
Measurement and Evaluation
What is the projects indicators for success?
The campaign will be measured via surveys, before and after screenings and on the website, social media data and analytics, website google analytics and qualitative reporting from our partner NGOs.