What is 10 x 10?

10 x 10 is a free project development workshop. We meet every month at 7pm at Gertrudes Brown Couch, 30 Gertrude St Fitzroy in Melbourne. Filmmakers can screen up to 10 minutes of their non-fiction works-in-progress and receive 10 minutes of directed feedback in a supportive environment. It's a great opportunity to see some fantastic work, and also to be a part of the Melbourne independent film community.

We present up to 4 projects at our monthly screenings. If you would like to screen please contact Benj and Gen at documentary3000@gmail.com The 10 x 10 format was created by www.doculink.org.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Film screening invite - HARRAGA

You are invited to attend Doco 3000 member Annika Lems film at ACMI this Monday June 28.
View the trailer here

This is a public event and everyone is welcome to attend, however RSVPs are essential. Please RSVP by June 18 to larrc@latrobe.edu.au or phone 9479 5874.

“Harraga” is a well-known expression used in Northern Africa to describe those who undertake the decades old, life endangering, illegal crossing from North Africa to Europe seeking refuge, asylum and economic opportunity. At any given time a large number of harraga wait in North African ports to make the crossing to Europe, while those who cross the Mediterranean circulate in Europe with various types of official status, often sans papiers or ‘undocumented’. In 2008, in an attempt to break through the mass media’s representation of this human phenomenon as a ‘faceless’, ‘endless stream’ of masses illegally forcing their way into Europe, two Viennese anthropology students, Annika Lems and Christine Moderbacher, set off with minimum resources to trace the phenomenon of harraga to its human origins.

The result is a one-hour documentary focusing on the lives of two Tunisians, Khalid and Ghabsi. The documentary explores why these two young men, like so many others, made the decision to risk their lives in an illegal crossing by boat and documents the struggle to create a new life in the EU. The film also presents the EU’s approach to asylum and immigration, and the human rights situation in Tunisia, through interviews with experts from Tunisia, Italy and Austria. The images of the film seamlessly move between Tunisia and Italy, highlighting the fragile nature of the concept of “Fortress Europe” and showing how the EU’s repressive asylum and immigration policies have failed to quench the desire of the harraga to continue to seek refuge and opportunity across the sea.

(Languages: Arabic, French, Italian, German / Subtitles: English / Duration: 53 min / Vienna 2008-2009)

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