You're Invited to Mary Meets Mohammad
Published: Wed, 2 Dec 2015
A free screening of the award winning documentary film ‘Mary meets Mohammad’ will be held on Sunday 6 December at the Movie House, Dublin Road, Belfast.
The screening is part of our contribution to the Human Rights Festival and is being held in partnership with the Northern Ireland Community of Refugees and Asylum Seekers (NICRAS) and Belfast Film Festival.
The film looks at life in Tasmania’s first detention centre through the eyes of local Christian woman and knitting club member Mary and asylum seeker Mohammad, who is a Muslim Afghan Hazara detained at the centre, as they connect through the gift of a knitted beanie.
Linda Hutchinson, our Race Relations Officer, said:
“The conversations, fear and anger voiced at the public meetings filmed at the other side of the world a few years ago could easily have been filmed in the last few weeks almost anywhere across the UK. The themes in this film apply equally here and now and we are showing it to help to celebrate diversity, reduce fears, dispel myths and to show that asylum seekers and refugees are individuals and not just an anonymous part of a huge jumble of statistics. Watching Mary’s changing attitudes over the course of the film is a moving experience.”
Linda went on to say:
“As Mary said in the film ‘I needed to have this experience rather than to be turned around by somebody else. To meet the men themselves, that’s what convinced me. There are so many lies going on out in the community.’ Over 120 people attended our previous screening and we were delighted with the positive response. We are pleased to support this second screening.”
After the screening on Sunday, there will be a 30 minute Q&A on Asylum Seekers and Refugees (finishing around 9pm).
Mary Meets Mohammad – a documentary feature film
- Date: Sunday 6th December 2015
- Time: Starts 7pm to 9pm
- Venue: Movie House, Dublin Road, Belfast
- Cost: Free
Booking your place: Places available on the night or book through Belfast Film Festival
This showing suitable for 14+ and school groups are welcome.