Falling for Sahara

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Screen Café

Falling for Sahara

Venue Raffertys Theatre
Dates 01 July 2013

A film by Khoa Do

Three young African refugees in Melbourne’s inner-west find that love is never simple – especially when they all have eyes for the same girl.

Beniam, Ramsy and MJ are best friends. Hanging out at the Flemington housing commission flats they call home, the three Africans share a tight bond and a love of footy. But with the arrival of Sahara- smart, beautiful and AFL-mad – the three friends suddenly find themselves competing for the same girl.

Falling for Sahara, director Khoa Do co-wrote the film with his cast of African-Australian actors, refugees recently arrived from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan and Somalia. An initiative of the Bill Hutchison Foundation, and supported by the Essendon Football Club, Falling for Sahara is the second film in Do’s ‘refugee trilogy’.

KHOA DO is a Vietnamese film director, screenwriter, professional speaker and philanthropist who received the Young Australian of the Year Award in 2005. He was the youngest film director in Australian history to be nominated for an AFI Award for Best Director for his film The Finished People, which was also nominated for 2 other AFI Awards, 3 Film Critics’ Circle Awards, 2 Australian Writers’ Guild Awards, and an Australian Screen Director’s Award. The Finished People was also short-listed for a 2001 Academy Award.


Dates & Times:
7:00pm, Monday 1 July 2013

Members $7, Non-Members $12*
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96 minutes (No interval)

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