A new documentary from Steve Thomas, looks at the achievements of refugees who arrived in Australia by boat in 2001.
Direct from a sell-out premiere at the Sydney Film Festival, FREEDOM STORIES explores the achievements and struggles of former boat people. Now Australian citizens, they arrived from the Middle East seeking asylum around 2001, the year of the Tampa and Prime Minister John Howard's "We will decide" speech. Some were only children when they found themselves in indefinite mandatory detention in remote locations such as Woomera or Nauru. Steve Thomas captures the determination and resilience of this diverse group who, a decade on, have steadily rebuilt their lives. Highlighting the good they have brought into Australian society, FREEDOM STORIES is an appeal to compassion, dignity, and giving voice to those whose inspiring and poignant stories can now finally be heard.