As NAIDOC Week is celebrated across Australia, Christine Anu and Genevieve Davis are sharing their friendship story in the latest U & Me short-film by Why Documentaries and Multicultural Communities Council of Illawarra.
In the short-film, made by young people from refugee backgrounds, the two friends talk about the racism they have experienced and how to deal with it.
The two friends had an immediate connection, despite their different backgrounds, and have found common ground through their shared passion for singing and music.
Anu talks about what a privilege it has been to have the opportunity to share her culture and heritage through music
"NAIDOC Week is for us all to reflect on history and to celebrate the achievements and contributions of Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders to Australian culture and society," MCCI's youth and community manager Allyson Pazos said.
"Hearing from Christine Anu and her journey with Genevieve shines a light on their friendship and is a reminder of how valuable these are to the making of our society".
The film is one of several short-films made by a group of young people from Syria, Burundi, Eritrea, Congo and Burma during a five-day workshop in Wollongong over the school holidays before the COVID-19 outbreak.
It is part of the Illawarra-based U & Me project which portrays people who have formed friendships and found common ground despite coming from different cultural backgrounds or holding different political views and religious beliefs.
The film is a celebration of diversity in Australia and was a finalist at the Australian Human Rights Commission Awards 2017.
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