Biography: The Bitter Shore - An Iranian Family's Escape to Australia

Golafshani, Leili (2008) Biography: The Bitter Shore - An Iranian Family's Escape to Australia. M/C Reviews, 3006: .


Author Golafshani, Leili
Title Biography: The Bitter Shore - An Iranian Family's Escape to Australia
Formatted title
Biography: The Bitter Shore - An Iranian Family’s Escape to Australia
Journal name M/C Reviews   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1441-2616
Publication date 2008-12-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Review of book, film, TV, video, software, performance, music etc
Open Access Status Link (no DOI)
Issue 3006
Place of publication Creative Industries Precinct, Kelvin Grove, QLD, Australia
Publisher Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The Bitter Shore, by Jacqui Everitt, is an overdue yet well-researched chilling story of a refugee Iranian family who belong to the officially-unrecognised minor religion of Ahle-Hag. Kurdish husband, Saeed with his five-year-old son, Shayan, from a previous marriage and a young pregnant Arab wife, Zahra, flee persecution to find themselves in the “hell at the border of paradise.” The tragic mistake the newly-weds couple make is a commonly embraced fantasy of Iranians inside Iran that Australia welcomes asylum-seekers.

We need more of these life stories to humanise the image of refugees in camps and further awaken Australians about the inhumane treatment of refugees in the name of national security under the Howard's government. Of course, unless the real conditions of refugee lives in detention are not widely represented in transnational media, the persecuted Iranians and others from the region will stick to their private dreams of Australia as a paradise and will flock towards the shore for realising them.
Keyword Asylum seekers
Detention center
Iranians
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Review of book, film, TV, video, software, performance, music etc
Collection: School of Communication and Arts Publications
 
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Created: Mon, 09 May 2011, 12:30:59 EST by Dr Leili Golafshani on behalf of School of Communication and Arts