Books and Films

Osama (2003) - Directed by Siddiq Barmak.
Highly acclaimed film about a 12 year old girl's life under the cruel Taliban regime.

The Boy who plays on the Buddhas of Bamiyan (2004) - Directed by Phil Grabsky.
Documentary which chronicles one year in the life of 8 year old Mir, who lives with his family as internally displaced people in the caves surrounding the place where the historic Buddhas of Bamiyan stood, prior to their destruction by the Taliban.

The Kite Runner (2007) - Directed by Mark Forster.
Film version of the international best-selling book of the same name - an excellent film (and book!) for anyone wanting to know more about life in Afghanistan. After years of exile in America, Amir returns to his homeland to right an old wrong.

The Lost Boys of Sudan (2003) - Directed by Megan Mylan and Jon Shenk.
Award winning documentary focuses on Santino and Peter, members of the Dinka tribe, during their first life altering year in the United States. Safe at last from physical danger - but a world away from home - the boys must grapple with extreme cultural differences as they come to understand both the abundance and alienation of contemporary American life.

Daughters of Sudan (2007)
A documentary profiling four young Sudanese women produced by the South Eastern Region Migrant Resource Centre.

Blood Diamond (2006) - Directed by Edward Zwick.
This film exposes the atrocities committed during the civil war in Sierra Leone and the lives affected by the 'blood diamond' trade.

Kandahar (2001) - Directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf.
The film is based on a story (partly true, partly fictionalized) of a successful Afghan-Canadian who returns to Afghanistan after receiving a letter from her sister, who was left behind when the family escaped, that she plans on committing suicide on the last solar eclipse of the millennium.

What is the What - By Dave Eggers.
Novelized autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng, from his pre-war life in southern Sudan to his resettlement in the United States.

The day I became a woman - Directed by Marzieh Meshkini.
The story of women at three stages of life in Iran.

Stray Dogs - Directed by Marzieh Meshkini.
The story of two children in post-Taliban Afghanistan.

Dark Dreams - Edited by Dechain, Miller and Sallis.
Short stories by refugee young people now living in Australia.

From Under a Leaky Roof - Afghan Refugees in Australia - By Phil Sparrow.
Based on interviews with refugees and the people who work with them the book details common experiences of discrimination and persecution which led them to flee their homes, the despair of detention in Australia and the fear and uncertainty when they try to start their new lives in the Australian community.