From the film’s web-site:
The Australian Government sends back asylum seekers it doesn’t think are refugees. International law says people shouldn’t be sent to unsafe locations. But the Australian Government never finds out what happens to the asylum seekers they don’t want. So a determined Australian with a passion for justice has made it his mission.
A Well-Founded Fear is a moving documentary film about Phil Glendenning’s search for the asylum seekers Australia rejected. The film follows him as he travels through Afghanistan, Syria, Turkey, Iran and Canada.
I really wish I’d known it was on, I must make sure I keep an eye out for other opportunities to watch it.
Back when my kids were little some of my mum’s friends, and when she could my mum too, were involved with visiting refugees who were being detained. Hearing the stories of those people and knowing how completely and horrifically wrong the Howard government’s treatment of asylum seekers was, would leave me consumed with anger and sorrow for our failings as a nation. When we finally got rid of Howard, a change in Australia’s treatment of refugees was very high on my list of things to be hopeful for.