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Amnesty International Screening: Mary Meets Mohammad

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Will friendship prevail, or long-held beliefs and prejudice?
mary meets mohammad, amnesty international
Amnesty International is "a global movement of over 4.6 million people committed to defending those who are denied justice or freedom." Join one of the more than 150 Amnesty International action groups in Australia, with dozens of events held each week.

Amnesty International's screening of the feature documentary film: Mary Meets Mohammad, follows the development of an unlikely friendship between a Christian member of a knitting club in Tasmania, and an Afghan asylum seeker named Mohammad.

mary meets mohammad, amnesty international
A surprise announcement by the federal government creates a rift of hostility in a local community: Tasmania's first detention center for 400 male asylum seekers will open at Pontville, on the outskirts of Hobart.

Mary wonders if she should overlook her opposition to the Muslim asylum seekers when her local knitting club is asked to knit beanies for them; curiosity gets the better of Mary when she hears rumours of their "luxurious lifestyle" and wants to see the detention centre for herself.

Mary and the women in her knitting club shed some of their preconceived ideas about asylum seekers, as they promote craft activities in the detention centre, and begin to grow friendships with the Afghan Hazara men.

Will religious and cultural differences prevail over friendship?

Light refreshments included.

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Why? To support the work of Amnesty International
When: Thursday, 22 May, 2014; 6:00pm-8:30pm
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Where: Village Roadshow Theatrette, State Library of Victoria, Entry 3
Cost: Full Admission: $12.00; Amnesty Members/Concession: $10.00; Children: $5.00
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