Sydney sudanese community on world map
THE desire to “start a conversation” about refugees in Australia led Isha Kamara to help create a film showcasing the Sydney Sudanese community to the world.
Ms Kamara helped bring short film I Am Emmanuel, directed by Genevieve Clay-Smith, to the screen. A former asylum seeker from Sierra Leone, she was a resident of Bankstown at the time of shooting. She served as co-producer and casting director on the film, which was shot largely in Bankstown. I Am Emmanuel tells the story of two brothers adjusting to life in Australia after fleeing from Sudan. It was shown at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, where Ms Kamara said it was “very well-received”. The film will be screened at other festivals around the world and Ms Kamara said they were hoping to have a special showing in Blacktown.