Refugee Brokerage Program

Uploaded by WhittleseaCouncil on 31.10.2010

[African Music, Drumming Cross Cultural Celebration 2009]
[People Dancing]
[Logo of Spectrum Migrant Resource Centre. Interview in black and white of a Congolese man – Centre]
>>I am from democratic republic of Congo, and this is a wonderful event. This is a once in a life time opportunity to enjoy. This cultural event, we have people form every corner of the world to be part of this refugee week to enjoy together to forget all the suffering and to forget all the painful situation that we have been going through when we were refugees – so this is a wonderful moment, so let us enjoy.
>>There is going to be non stop dancing, are you ready to dance? I want you to put your hands together, are you ready to dance?
[Music, drums playing. Children dancing]
>>It’s about discovering, it’s about admitting other people, it’s about breaking borders, breaking barriers.
[Slow motion shot of people dancing]
>>It’s fantastic, it’s great to see so many people coming together and having a good time – I was really amazed when the Kurdish women came out and did their dance but everyone just got up and joined in and I thought this is true cultural fusion at its best”
[Women dancing to fast music and people dancing together in a circle – party atmosphere.]
>>Refugee, I suppose for about the last three, four or five generations, the Wurrunjeri people have also been refugees, in our own Country.
[Burundi drumming group – playing large drums]
We do carry out some of our traditions in as much as welcoming people to our traditional country and one of those welcomes is by giving a few eucalyptus leaves to those people coming into our country, means that you are welcome to be here.
[Drumming gets louder as Ian places last branch.]
>>This event was organised by the Refugee Brokerage Program – it is a VMC department, so we enjoy this in connection with Spectrum Migrant resource Centre. Which is a big, big, big agency that is supporting refugee brokerage program so this today is a multicultural event, it shows all the colours.
[dancing and singing]
[Camera cuts to Preston Neighbourhood House and music fades out. Learning to drive program, L Plate – female driver opens the door of driver’s side, another man walks around to front of car. Learning to drive – camera cuts away to inside of the car, filmed from passenger side, looking at driver. Driving instructor speaks and reaches for his seat belt.]
>>So first of all put your belt on ok Alright? Head check
Indicate left – good
Check your mirrors
so whenever you approach the stop sign you stop completely
[Back to the celebration]
>>Congolese brings to you from Africa some lovely songs they are from all over the world
[women dancing and singing]
>>Tonight is very very --- I --- I am very happy and lucky Australia because the party is good because it multicultural different community, we meet each other we each different food, we meet different dresses, we make more friends.
[Sierra Leone women’s choir]
>>I think what’s great about tonight is that there are so many communities here represented and everyone come together, they are all celebrating, they are all on the dance floor together, they are all on the stage together, they are eating together, you know and that’s what communities do, it’s fantastic.
[Music changes]
[Woman translating]
>>I try different cooking and different dishes from different countries and different music and dancing.
[Crowd dancing]
[Camera fades to black, fades into a room on another day, long shot of women braiding hair – some women sit, some women stand, talking.]
>>It usually takes about 5-6 hours, there is usually about three or four that help out
>>There is usually one person but with this group, look how many people I have
[Kids dancing, music playing]
>>It has been a fantastic opportunity for new emerging communities, especially, you know um, people are not usually um seen as having the you know --- the number you know --- but with this program um – it has actually helped them to boost them up and try to fix some of those problems that they have
[Burundi drummers on stage]
[Camera gets close up of hands, machine, sewing garment then cuts to Kurdish woman being interviewed cream hijab]
>>Sewing the Kurdish clothes and we are with the Kurdish women’s Society of Victoria
>>We have an exhibition. We want to make some handicrafts she shows the red flower as she speaks for example this is some flower I want to make for the exhibition, and the --- ah woman’s day the sewing and work with the hand craft
>>shopping basket, put everything, fruit, vegetables, meat
>>Because all of us same language same tradition same everything and we are very happy be together, be together always
[Kurdish women dancing to Kurdish music]
>>And Spectrum as a migrant resource centre has played a major role in implanting assistance to refugees through the brokerage program
[Kurdish interpreter]
>>because of the community socialising and to better know other people’s for others she enjoys to join with them like the cooking and talking with other people – she enjoys that
>>yes we came here as refugees because of war or something, you people make us to happy in Australia and we want to say thank you to the Australian government and the Australian people because they make us to forget our passed and just to remember, to go forward
>>That was fantastic what I saw here, that was the first time I could see such beautiful drums and things from Burundi and its about discovering
>>They feel empowered, they can see what’s possible and I think um that’s been um fantastic you know they can see the possibilities they can see what they can do and they’re doing it
[Sound over of drumming, clapping & cheering]