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The Staging Post Sequel

The refugee-led education revolution continues. Courageous people never give up!


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  • DIRECTOR Jolyon Hoff

  • PRODUCER Jolyon Hoff



The stars of The Staging Post, Muzafar, Khadim and Tahira, have been resettled in Australia, United
States and Canada respectively, and our story now stretches over 7 years; from Toronto to
Adelaide, Los Angeles to Geneva, and back to Afghanistan and Quetta. New leaders have
emerged at the CRLC and our borderless community has blossomed.

In 2019 the refugees in Indonesia held a 12 hour Live Online Broadcast and, in November 2020,
they plan a bigger event and will invite well-known Australians and supporters to join them in
Indonesia. At the same time our supporters will hold small community events in Australia and
around the world, and we will cross to these events as part of the broadcast.

This event will form the narrative spine of the sequel and into it we will weave the ever-evolving
stories from the school and follow this ever growing, real-life and real-time, story of courage,
reliance, hope and joy.

Support this project

36.50% funded
  • $90,000.00

  • $32,850.00

  • 1st January 1970

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Bokhara Foundation $20,000.00
Jill Kirshner $4,200.00
Jill McKay $50.00

Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

The Staging Post and its sequel are the real-life and real-time feature documentary elements of an
initiative designed to building a borderless-community of refugees and non-refugees, creating two-way
education opportunities, and supporting and promoting refugee-led initiatives around the


What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

Even if a community is weak, still they can do something. Refugees can be part of the solution.


What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?

The Staging Post documentary was an integral part in inspiring a refugee-led education revolution and creating a borderless community between Australians and refugees living in transit. It changed UNHCR policy in Indonesia and helps to support education opportunities for over 2000 refugees living in transit.

We have screened the film at hundreds of school and university events, providing the opportunity for Australians to meet the people they have heard about endlessly via media and politics but, more often than not, have never met.


How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?

We have partnerships with many refugee advocacy organisations, community groups, universities, schools and multi-lateral agencies. They help us to present the film to audiences, and we use the film to highlight refugee capacity and to include refugee voices in policy dialogues.

We have started an Australian registered Public Benevolent Institution, Cisaura Learning Ltd, to support and grow the refugee-led education revolution in Indonesia and around the world.

The star of the film, Muzafar Ali, is the recipient of the 2019 John Gibson Refugee Community Leadership Grant, the Refugee Council of Australia’s Refugee Ambassador for Refugee Week 2019, and Australia’s refugee representative for the Annual Tripartite Consultations on Resettlement (ATCR) with the UNHCR in Geneva in 2019.

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?

We hope they will follow and support the refugee-led education revolution in Indonesia on social media.

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

We have two goals. One is to accompany the refugees in transit for as long as they need. The second is to provide the opportunity for Australians to connect directly with the refugees and to create education opportunities.

Ultimately we hope that this will create a well-informed and empathetic mainstream Australia and that it will influence the leaders-of-tomorrow to review Australia's refugee policies.