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Finding his voice, Urban Stories crew member Saif Jari talks about his experiences of making and sharing Villawood Mums
Sleep is generally lost by a late, mismanaged dose of sugar. But in the early hours of November 19, Saif Jari, our sleepless sound man, was at the behest of a greater (albeit more sweeter) preoccupation. His mum.
Saif, whose mum appears in Villawood Mums, was asked to speak at the University of Western Sydney’s Engagement Exhibition, a showcase of digital projects in Greater Western-Sydney. The idea of speaking in front of a large crowd left him sleep-deprived, but the showcase, which also welcomed key speakers from Neighbourhood Stories and A Tale of Two, was a timely opportunity to talk about his mum and her experiences within the Villawood Detention Centre.
So he bit, licked and swallowed the bullet. And it paid off. He was commended on omitting “an energy which moved the room.” How metaphorically brilliant!
Saif admits that opportunities, such as the UWS Engagement Exhibition, has transformed more than his sleeping patterns.
“Ever since I started working with CuriousWorks, I’ve challenged myself to speak openly about my experiences. And now I talk much more than I normally do. It’s a change that I can tell.”
“But no more speeches. Please!”
His humble voice, and anecdotal approach to speech-making, has already caught the attention of 2ser’s radio journalist, Kimberly Tan. Saif stars in the latest episode of the 4th estate, a program which explores the issues impacting on media and communications around Australia and the world.
Along with Guido Gonzales and Anna Lam, he talks about Villawood Mums and The First Supper.
P.S. Saif gave his interview over the phone. He slept well that night.
Saif just couldn’t get enough of telling his story, so he gave another interview with Eddie Abd for SBS Radio’s Arabic language program:
Saif also spoke with journalist Zilka Grogran from the Liverpool Leader. Click the article below to see it at full size or read it online here: http://liverpool-leader.whereilive.com.au/lifestyle/story/mums-view-of-reality/