I Am Emmanuel wins Best Australian Short film – Human Rights Arts and Film Festival

May 11, 2015

I Am Emmanuel has taken out Best Australian Short Film at the annual Human Rights Arts and Film Festival on May 8th in Melbourne at ACMI Federation Sq. The film was made inclusively with members of the African Australian refugee community, and has been screening at community screenings in local libraries and venues since 2014. “This means so much, the film was created to raise awareness about issues facing refugees in settlement including, diaspora, depression, language barriers, educational barriers and PTS. Winning this award means we’ve done justice to bringing these issues out into the light. As our society can gain more understanding and empathy for people from a refugee background, the more chance we have of building an inclusive society.” Said director, Genevieve Clay-Smith, who also spoke on two panels at the festival exploring how film can create social change.