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Staging Post, The (ATOM Study Guide)

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When the Australian Government stopped the boats coming from Indonesia, filmmaker Jolyon Hoff drove to the refugee boats' staging post in Indonesia to 'meet the refugees'. Unsure of what he would find, Hoff discovered photographers, filmmakers, musicians, artists, teachers and families. The Staging Post (2017) produced and directed by Hoff is about the people he met and the community they built together.

The Staging Post provides a better understanding of the experiences and challenges faced by people who are forced to leave their homes in search of asylum and refuge. The documentary provides opportunities for students to discuss:

  • the key concepts and facts about refugees and asylum seekers;
  • the human rights issues faced by asylum seekers and refugees;
  • the courage, hope, dignity and resilience of asylum seekers and refugees in the face of profound hardships;

This study guide to accompany The Staging Post has been written for secondary students at all year levels. For Years 7–10 it provides information and suggestions for learning activities in Civics and Citizenship, English, Geography, History, Media and curriculum projects discussing the issue of asylum seekers and refugees. The Staging Post can also be used as a resource to address the Australian Curriculum general capabilities Ethical Understanding and Intercultural Understanding and the cross curriculum priority Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia. For Years 11 and 12 it provides information and suggestions for learning in Australian History, English, Geography, Global Politics and Media Arts.

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