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Cast from the Storm


$1,500 Raised of
Ordinary kids. Extraordinary stories.

This isn’t your typical refugee film. Cast from the Storm is an award winning Australian documentary that tells a tender story of transformation, acceptance and belonging.

Asfar, Maryam and Wiam face the usual challenges of navigating high school – with one difference. They were forced to leave their home countries and everything they knew behind. Now in Australia, they must start not only a new school, in a new country – but also a new life.

They join Treehouse Theatre, an after-school theatre group, which gives them the chance to share their extraordinary experiences. 

A coming of age story, this uplifting documentary shares the reality of what it means to be a teenager and a displaced person. This is the story of what comes after, and what it means to remake your home. 

Watch the trailer here: http://www.castfromthestorm.com 


How does the project meet the aims of a philanthropic foundation?

Refugees and asylum seekers are key issues in the Australian public consciousness. Despite the fact this is often considered a "hot button" topic, there is little real understanding of the people behind these labels. 

'Cast from the Storm' provides a real and intimate understanding of the refugee experience in Australia. It also highlights the importance of the arts and education in our communities, particularly for young people. The film provides a succinct and meaningful way to shed light on this issue, while educating audiences. 

Studies have shown that on the issue of refugees, rational argument has little effect in changing people's minds.

This film is an important tool because it has the capacity to change the narrative around an emotive and highly political issue, by presenting a simple and moving story. 


Aims & Objectives

What outcomes do you hope to achieve by making this film and how will you measure its impact?

'Cast from the Storm' is a completed film. Our challenge now is to make sure the film is seen as widely as possible through our impact campaign. 

The three main goals for our impact campaign are: 

1. CHANGE the conversation around asylum seekers and forced migration, by reframing the discussion away from detention centres and boat people, with honest and moving stories of new Australians.

2. SUPPORT the organisations that already do such great work in the refugee space. In particular we would like to support Treehouse Theatre as they continue their work. 

3. IMPROVE the well-being of the wider refugee community by shifting away from negative narratives. 

To date our impact campaign has achieved the following: 

- 250,000 people watched the 58min version of the film through its ABC broadcast 

- 7,200 people watched the 72 min feature film version

- 26 screenings around the world, including Japan, Canada and the USA

- 18,285 people have signed Amnesty's online petition to increase Australia's refugee intake.

Moving forwards we have two objectives: 

1. EDUCATION. We need to fundraise a minimum of $15,000 so we can create education resources mapped to the Year 9 and 10 English curriculum, and then make these resources freely available to 50,000 Australian teachers. 

If we reach our full goal and raise $50,000, we will be able to create education resources for other curriculum areas (e.g., Year 7 & 8 Civics & Citizenship, and Year 7 & 8 English), and market the resources to teachers so they are widely used. 

2. COMMUNITY SCREENINGS. We would like to continue to empower community groups to take action and create change by working with them to organise screenings of Cast from the Storm. 

We are looking for donations in addition to our goal of $50,000 so we can continue to employ our Impact Producer to coordinate these community events.

David Mason
James Cogswell
Total budget
80 Minutes