BAZM E HAZARAGI
AN AFTERNOON OF HAZARAGI FILM, LANGUAGE, POETRY AND MUSIC
BAZm e Hazaragi shines light onto Melbourne’s Hazara community and the beauty and wealth of their culture. Australia has the largest Hazara community of any western country, with an estimated 12,000 Hazara people residing in Melbourne’s Southeast. Many have had to flee Afghanistan and neighbouring Pakistan, after enduring centuries of persecution and denial of basic civil rights.
In June 2014, Melbourne held the first Omagh Celebration with over 2,000 people in attendance. In the lead up to the celebrations, professional artists within the community staged workshops in poetry, music, dance and theatre to preserve and reacquaint the Diaspora with their culture.
The workshops were documented by filmmakers Steve Warne, Robyn Hughan and photojournalist Barat Ali Batoor and tell a poetic story of the rediscovery of a culture and language. They will be screened alongside live music by acclaimed Hazara musician Taqi Khan, poetry performances and a panel discussion with community members and filmmakers.