A collaboration between the University of Wollongong and migrants is empowering new Australians to tell their story and encourage acceptance of difference in the community.

Passage: Stories of Migration and Belonging is a series of three short films which capture the experiences of migrants and refugees.

Dr Sukhmani Khorana Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Social Inquiry and Academic Program Leader at UOW South Western Sydney, worked with six participants alongside professional filmmaking mentors from Liverpool-based media and arts company CuriousWorks to create the films.

“Migration has always been part of our shared story,” Dr Khorana said. “Finding ways to share these experiences becomes our collective storytelling and a path to growing our ability to accept others, embrace difference and co-create a sense of belonging”.

She said the three UOW students and the three recent migrant participants from Settlement Services International were true collaborators in the creative process. “There is a tendency for creators to use migrants and refugees as subjects rather than let them have equal agency in cultural and creative productions,” Dr Khorana said.

The project was made possible by funding from the Community Engagement Grants Scheme (CEGS). The program is now open for applications for 2019. To be eligible, a UOW staff member must lead the project in collaboration with at least one community group or organisation.

To apply or for further information visit CEGS.