Between Fences (2016) follows African asylum seekers held in the Negev Refugee Centre in Israel. Through a theatre workshop, the participants question the status of refugees and what compelled them to leave behind their possessions to plunge into the unknown. The film questions how Israel, a land of refugees, treats exiled people fleeing genocide, war and persecution, and offers theatre as a possible means of exchange and understanding.

The event will commence with introductory remarks by keynote speakers followed by the film screening and then an In Conversation between Professor Alison Levine (University of Virginia) and Emeritus Professor Catherine Wihtol de Wenden (SciencesPo Paris) about the representation of refugees and asylum seekers in documentary film. Audience Q & A to follow.

Professor Wihtol de Wenden is a political scientist and expert on European citizenship and migration who has recently published on memory of immigration and immigrant memory. Professor Levine is an expert in French documentary film who has published on nation, space and boundaries. Her books include Vivre Ici: Space, Place and Experience in Contemporary French Documentary and Framing the Nation: Documentary Film in Interwar France.

The film is in Hebrew, Tigrigna, and Arabic with English subtitles. Release date: 11 January 2017

Event Details:
6 - 6.05pm: Acknowledgment of country and traditional owners followed by the introduction of both keynote speakers
6.05pm - 6.15pm: Brief introductory remarks by keynote speakers to precede film
6.15 - 7.40pm:Film screening of Between the Fences
7.40 - 8.30pm :Discussion of film by both keynote speakers (migration, refugees and asylum seekers and their representation in film) plus questions from the audience

This event is held in conjunction with the “Crossing Boundaries: Language, Culture and Migration Symposium” organised by the School of Languages and Cultures at the University of Queensland with presenting partner the Australian Cinémathèque, QAGOMA. This is also part of “France Australian Conversations” program funded by the French Embassy and Alliance Française.

This is a free event, no registration required. 







About Crossing Boundaries: Language, Culture and Migration Symposium

'The Crossing Boundaries: Languages, Culture and Migration' Symposium will be held at UQ St Lucia Campus on 28-29 November 2019. The symposium will explore multilingual and multicultural texts, films, art, the classroom, and daily lives, and to understand these spaces in terms of "transcultural" or "translanguaging" practices. By bringing together scholars of diverse fields of study and diverse language and cultural disciplines, we hope to elucidate the powers and pitfalls of translanguaging. 



Australian Cinémathèque, QAGOMA
Gallery of Modern Art, Stanley Pl, South Brisbane