Portrait of Sakhi

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English (subtitled), 8 min, 2003, Australia

In 1998 an Afghani artist, Ghulam Sakhi Hazara, was forced to flee his home to escape the Taliban. His harrowing journey to Australia on a small, unseaworthy boat soon became a nightmare, but worse was to come. On his arrival to Australia, Sakhi was taken by officials to a remote detention centre where he was imprisoned for the next 18 months. Sakhi's art became his only form of relief from this stressful environment. In 'Portrait of Sakhi' we bear witness to this journey through Sakhi's intimate narrative and mesmerising paintings.

Karenza Bowen
Creative Crew
Karenza Bowen
Charlotte Cutting, Karenza Bowen
Ghulam Sakhi Hazara, Linsey Pollak
Awards and Screenings:

“New Filmmakers Award” at the Wildspaces National Film Festival, Australia, 2003

Screened at:
St. Kilda Short Film Festival, Melbourne, 2004
“Docomania” Human Rights Film Festival, New Zealand, 2003;