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Refuge 2021 Documentary Short Film

Presented in Season 1 2021

Commissioned by Arts House for Refuge 2021
Presented by Arts House

Duration: 18 minutes

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For six years Arts House’s annual Refuge program has imagined how we might prepare in the face of a disaster. In 2021 we ask what happens when these crises meet.

From droughts to floods, mass displacements to pandemics and heatwaves, Refuge was never just a hypothetical. 

This documentary short takes an in-depth look at the final instalment of Refuge with insights from the broad range of emergency experts, artists and community members who took part.

Video edited by Warren Dowley
Video footage by Warren Dowley, Rey Tan, Devika Bilimoria, Sam McGilip, Martin Potter

Supported by – Refuge 2021 is supported with funding provided by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts and funding and advisory body; the University of Melbourne; Emergency Management Victoria. It is supported by Resilient Melbourne; Australian Red Cross; SES Footscray Division; The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity; North Melbourne Language and Learning; and the City of Melbourne through Arts House.

Image – Portage: Shelter2Camp by Jen Rae, photo by Bryony Jackson

Image description – Two women sit facing one another in front of a hut which is slightly blurred in focus. The woman on the far left is wearing a grey black and white stripped headjab and black gloves. She is demonstrating knot tying onto a long bamboo pole. The woman on the right is wearing a bright orange SES uniform. She has blonde hair pulled in a pony-tail and is holding the long bamboo pole. There is a woman in the background in a bright orange SES uniform and long black hair pulled into a pony tail tying a knot.