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IOM, Hinterhov help Afghan refugees share their lives on screen

Yogi Ishabib

The Jakarta Post

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Riau Islands  /  Tue, March 23, 2021  /  08:00 am
IOM, Hinterhov help Afghan refugees share their lives on screen

A still shows a scene from a documentary by Amanullah's team, a refugee taking part in the documentary filmmaking workshop in the Riau Islands run by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Hinterhov, a Surabaya production house. The film, which is currently in production, is to be submitted to the IOM's Global Migration Film Festival. (JP/Courtesy of International Organization for Migration)

"I wanted to adapt an old Persian poem that tells the story of Simorgh," said Shahriar Amin Nassiry, a 27-year-old refugee from Afghanistan who has been living in Indonesia for about three years. Shahriar, like the other refugee filmmakers interviewed here, is in the middle of producing his documentary in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Surabaya production house Hinterhov, which are slated to be part of a group submission to a film festival. “Simorgh” is a well-known folk story in West and South Asia that tells of a group of birds in ancient times on a quest to seek enlightenment from the wise Bird King Simorgh. Beset by uncertainty, thirst, hunger and death, some of the birds decide to take a rest, while others give up and go home. The remaining birds soon arrive at a mountain in what is supposed to be Simorgh'...