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Free public screening of Hope Road at CSU in Bathurst

6 AUGUST 2018

* Film explores refugee experience and hope in Australia * CSU and Bathurst Refugee Support Group co-host important screening * Leading Australian documentary filmmaker to host Q&A sessionThe next Explorations Series free public lecture at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst on Thursday 16 August will feature the screening of the documentary film Hope Road by renowned Australian filmmaker Tom Zubrycki.Hope Road will be co-presented and hosted by CSU with the Bathurst Refugee Support Group.The director of the film Mr Tom Zubrycki will be attending the event and hosting the question and answer session at the end.Hope Road follows an ambitious project undertaken by a Sudanese refugee, Mr Zacharia Machiek, one of the original ‘Lost Boys’, who now lives in Sydney.Zac’s dream is to build a much needed school back in his home village in the new nation of South Sudan. He enlists the backing of an eager, but inexperienced, group of supporters in Australia who organise and join him on a 42-day charity walk to raise funds for the venture.Will this strategy raise the funds they need? Thwarted by escalating conflict back in South Sudan, and shocked by a broken relationship, Zac has to draw on all his resources to keep his dream alive.Hope Road lifts the veil on what life can be like for refugees like Zac caught between two worlds as they re-establish their lives in Australia, but at the same time feel an acute obligation to their homeland.Mr Brian Mowbray, Chairperson of the Bathurst Refugee Support Group, said, “The Bathurst Refugee Support Group would like to thank Charles Sturt University for hosting this event.“It’s great that we are able to partner with the University to deliver this important cultural and community event.“We look forward to this event in Bathurst, and it’s a real honour that such a significant Australian filmmaker as Tom Zubrycki is able to join us for the evening on Thursday 16 August.”The Explorations Series free public lecture and film screening with Q&A session is from 6pm to 8.30pm on Thursday 16 August in room 223, building 1292, at CSU in Bathurst.For catering purposes please register with registration button at the bottom of the CSU Events Page: official Hope Road webpage is Explorations Series is part of the University’s community engagement program and aims to engage our rural and regional communities in discussion and debate about major issues facing our regions, the nation, and the world.

Media contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note: To arrange interviews with Mr Brian Mowbray, Chairperson of the Bathurst Refugee Support Group, phone 0414 886 228.About the Film Director - Tom Zubrycki:Tom Zubrycki is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose career has spanned almost 40 years. Tom has directed 16 documentaries of his own, and produced another 20 with mainly early-career directors. Tom’s films have a distinctive observational story-telling style marked by his ability to get close to his subjects. Major films include Kemira – Diary of a Strike (1984), Billal (1995), The Diplomat (2000), The Molly and Mobarak (2003), The Hungry Tide (2011), and Hope Road which premiered at the 2017 Sydney Film Festival. In 2010 Tom received the Stanley Hawes Award ‘ … in recognition of outstanding contribution to documentary filmmaking in Australia’.

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