Night Becomes Day (2020) is a short form VR and regular 2D documentary produced by Reality Learning. The documentary celebrates the lives of refugees through the voice of teenager Sohail Haqyar. Sohail travelled with his parents and three younger siblings from Afghanistan to Greece.
in 2020, Sohail is just one of 79 million displaced people in the world. Having travelled with his parents, and three younger siblings from Afghanistan to Greece, teenage Sohail’s home is a refugee camp. Sohail has taken on the role of the responsible eldest male as his father separated to continue to Germany. Inspired by Theo, a local human rights worker, Sohail joins other refugees, artist Nakam and war-injured Ali, to migrate from the camp and create a new form of citizenship in Athens – one not previously imagined by them. We intimately share their personal journey from night to day as they seek safety and rebuild their lives.
Sohail – A Story of a Refugee is an educational and awareness raising project to provide a better understanding of the experiences and challenges faced by displaced people who are forced to leave their homes. Night Becomes Day provides a framework for positive discussion about the individual experiences of refugees and the issues raised by their stories. The activities challenge students to think about refugees in a compassionate way and allow students to engage in important conversations about our responses to refugees as individuals and as a society.
This study guide to accompany Night Becomes Day has been written for secondary students from Years 5 to 10, providing information and suggestions for learning activities in:
- Civics and Citizenship
- Global Politics
- Media Arts
Night Becomes Day can also be used as a resource to address the Australian Curriculum general capabilities Ethical Understanding and Intercultural Understanding.
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