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Hazara Boy Sells Bananas

Hazara boy sells bananas in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Home Lands v2 investigates the opportunities available to young ethnic Afghans, or Hazara, to establish and maintain relationships between international and local individuals and /or groups engaged in media production.

Home Lands v2 has provided a small group of young Hazaras the opportunity to express themselves through a variety of media and art forms, resulting in an ongoing series of works that would be screened online and on air; meaningful stories about their impressions of life in Australia and what they had left behind, what they bring to this country and what they have come to find here.

We seek to break down the stereo-types of new arrivals and stimulate a deeper understanding of the differences that make each of us unique, and what can bring us together as a culture and a species.

Background to Home Lands

Home Lands v2 is a collaboration between La Trobe University, City of Melbourne and the Cultural Development Network. Home Lands is funded by an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant, City of Melbourne and the Cultural Development Network.

The project assists young people to develop skills and confidence in the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and supports them to co-produce material with young people in home lands and the Diaspora, and establishes internet based distribution to facilitate this exchange.

Home Lands v2 is underpinned by the premise that resettlement is more successful if the young people involved are able to identify, communicate and engage with home communities, wherever they may be.

Project partners and supporters

Project Management Committee

  • John Smithies, Director, Cultural Development Network.
  • Vicky Guglielmo, Arts and Participation Program Manager, Arts and Culture, City of Melbourne.
  • Sandy Gifford, Director and Professor, Refugee Research Centre, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University.
  • Raelene Wilding, Senior Lecturer, Sociology, School of Social Sciences, La Trobe University.

Project development team

  • Andrew Garton, Creative Producer, Home Lands.
  • Brynna Rafferty-Brown, Research Officer, Refugee Research Centre, La Trobe University.

Photo by Peretz Partensky lisenced under a BY-SA Creative Commons license.

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