The staging post

Running time: 62min


The Staging Post follows two Afghan Hazara refugees, Muzafar and Khadim. Stuck in Indonesia after Australia 'stopped the boats' and facing many years in limbo, they built a community and started the school which inspired a refugee education revolution. 

A real-life, real-time, multi-platform documentary. The Staging Post is about friendship, connection and the power of community.

A truly moving piece of cinema. Nick Valentine

Uplifting and truly unforgettable. Philippa Byers

Full of wisdom and humour. Eileen O'Brien, Canberra

Inspiring and moving. A must see for every Australian. Kathy King

A truly remarkable story. Margaret Hayman

Lifts the spirit; Packed with positivity, potential, possibility, patience, hope, community, cooperation, love and friendship. Anne Hilton

Inspirational. A reminder of what is possible when people work together to turn away from fear towards hope. Anni Webster

Touching the nerve of human experience. A must see! Marion Rose Le

Your work is beautiful and shows exactly the kind of message we would like people to hear, refugees as resilient, contributing members of society. Susan Bird, UNHCR Thailand




We have begun filming the second episode of The Staging Post. Due for release in 2019.

Refugees resettled from the CRLC are integrating and succeeding at far greater levels than regular refugees and the second episode will include these stories, alongside the ongoing situation in Indonesia.

Of the 12 children resettled from the school, 11 have entered directly into their age-appropriate classes. Only two have required English-Second-Language support.

Families are being met at the airport (like Muzafar's family in the first episode). They are being guided through the integration process with fantastic results

For example; 

In two weeks Tahira moved herself from Saskatoon to Toronto, enrolled her kids in school, had their medical and dental checks, found a job, rented a flat and transferred herself from one government program to another. She will begin her degree at York University shortly.

In just over two years Muzafar's wife, Nagina, has finished the first year of an education degree at Adelaide University with a credit average.

Khadim, Muzafar, Natiqa, Amir, Matin, Fatima and more all have similar stories of success. 

There is an 'institutional knowledge' developed too.

The teachers and students at the CRLC have watched their friends succeed and now know what is possible. At the same time, the resettled refugees are transferring knowledge back to the refugees in Indonesia. They are training their friends for when they get their chance.

Khadim is filming the CRLC graduates in the USA and Canada in February/March 2018. Jolyon and Muzafar will follow the Australian and Indonesian stories.

You can help us continue to follow this truely remarkable, real-life, real-time story by making a tax-deductible donation at Documentary Australia Foundation.

Thank you for accompanying us. This story has a long way to go yet!


Like us to come to a cinema near you or want to hold a community or school screening? Please contact us to arrange.


  • MAY 20 Sun      Jakarta, Greener.E Markets, Jakarta Pusat          DIRECTIONS
  • MAY 24 Thurs    Australian Refugee Association, Underdale          MORE INFO
  • JUNE 2 Sat      Unity: the art of togetherness. London, UK .       TICKETS
  • JUNE 5 Tues     Migration Film Series, Madrid. OPENING NIGHT        AVAIL SOON
  • JUNE 16 Sat     Maleny RSL Hall, Welcome to Maleny                  MORE INFO
  • JUNE 17 Sun     The Box Factory, Adelaide City Council. 6pm         TICKETS
  • JUNE 18 Mon     Pivotonian Cinema, Geelong. Time TBC                AVAIL SOON
  • JUNE 18 Mon     Empire Cinema, Bowral. Sthn Highlnds RAR. 7pm       TICKETS
  • JUNE 19 Tues    Gala Cinema, Wollongong, RACI Illawarra. 6:30pm     TICKETS
  • JUNE 19 Tues    Brunswick Picture House, Brunswick. 7pm.            TICKETS
  • JUNE 20 Wed     Shirley Burke Theatre, Parkdale. Vic. 3:30pm        TICKETS
  • JUNE 20 Wed     Balgrave Cinema, Armidale. Presented by SSI         AVAIL SOON
  • JUNE 21 Thurs   Aus National Maritime Museum. Presented by SSI      AVAIL SOON
  • JUNE 22 Fri     Lumen Christi School, Pambula (day)                 SCHOOL
  • JUNE 22 Fri     Bega Valley RAR, Bega. 6pm.                         TICKS AT DOOR
  • JUNE 23 Sat     Regent Cinema, Ballarat. 4:30pm                     AVAIL SOON
  • JUNE 23 Sat     Cairns Esplanade, Host, Cairns Council. 6:30pm      FREE
  • JUNE 23 Sat     Nthn District Community Health, Kerang. 7.30pm      FREE
  • JUNE 24 Sun     Sun Cinema, Bairnsdale. 7pm                         TICKETS
  • JUNE 25 Sun     Tambo Upper Primary School (day)                    SCHOOL
  • JUNE 26 Tues    Nagle College, Bairnsdale (day)                     SCHOOL
  • JUNE 27 Wed     State Theatre, Hobart. 6:15pm.                      TICKETS
  • JUNE 28 Thurs   Mansfield Armchair Cinema, Mansfield Vic.           AVAIL SOON
  • JUNE 30 Sat     Star Cinema, Bendigo. 3:30pm                        TICKETS


  • JULY 30 Sun     Avoca Beach Picture Theatre, Avoca, Australia       COMMUNITY
  • JULY 29 Sat     ACMI, Melbourne, Australia                          COMPLETED
  • JULY 28 Fri     Palace Nova Cinemas, Adelaide, Australia            FULL HOUSE
  • JULY 27 Thurs   Dendy Canberra City, Canberra, Australia            FULL HOUSE
  • JULY 26 Wed     University of Technology, Sydney, Australia         COMMUNITY
  • JULY 25 Tues    Dendy Newtown, Sydney, Australia                    SOLD OUT
  • JULY 22 Sat     New Farm Cinemas, Brisbane, Australia               SOLD OUT
  • JULY 06 Thu     Dendy Cinemas, Canberra, Australia                  SOLD OUT
  • JULY 02 Sun     The Royal Exchange, Newcastle, Australia            COMMUNITY
  • JULY 01 Sat     Glebe Town Hall, Glebe, NSW Australia               FULL HOUSE
  • JUNE 29 Fri     Lort Smith Animal Hospital, Melbourne, Australia    COMMUNITY
  • JUNE 23 Sun     The BrisWest Centre, Brisbane, Australia            FULL HOUSE
  • JUNE 18 Sun     Cinema Nova, Carlton, Victoria, Australia           SOLD OUT
  • JUNE 17 Sun     NSW State Library, Sydney, Australia                SOLD OUT
  • SEPT 11 Mon     Notre Dame University, Sydney                       COMPLETED
  • SEPT 12 Tues    Sydney University, Sydney                           COMPLETED
  • SEPT 22 Fri     World Bank Office, Martin Place                     COMPLETED
  • OCT 5 Thurs     Powerhouse Youth Theatre, Fairfield                 COMPLETED
  • OCT 6 Fri       All Hallows’ School Hall, Brisbane City             COMPLETED 
  • OCT 7 Sat       BCC Cinemas Capalaba, QLD                           COMPLETED
  • OCT 15 Sun      CISARUA HOMECOMING SCREENING, Indonesia. 4pm        350 ATTENDEES
  • OCT 15 Sun      CISARUA HOMECOMING SCREENING, Indonesia. 8pm        COMPLETED
  • OCT 16 Mon      Kineforum, Taman Ismail Marizuki, Jakarta. 11am     COMPLETED
  • OCT 16 Mon      Kineforum, Taman Ismail Marizuki, Jakarta. 1pm      COMPLETED
  • OCT 16 Mon      Kinosaurus, Jl. Kemang Raya 8B, Jakarta. 7pm        COMPLETED
  • OCT 17 Tues     Jakarta Foreign Correspondents Club, Jakarta        COMPLETED
  • OCT 18 Wed      Ascham School, Edgecliff, Sydney                    COMPLETED
  • OCT 19 Thurs    Save The Children Office, Melbourne                 STAFF SCREENING
  • NOV 23 Thurs    New Farm Cinemas, Brisbane                          COMPLETED
  • NOV 24 Fri      Elsternwick Classic Cinemas, Melbourne              COMPLETED
  • NOV 25 Sat      Dendy Cinemas, Canberra                             COMPLETED
  • NOV 29 Wed      Holroyd High School, Yr 9 & 11                      COMPLETED
  • NOV 29 Wed      Dendy Cinemas, Newtown                              COMPLETED
  • NOV 30 Thurs    Milpera State High School                           COMPLETED
  • DEC 1 Fri       Mercury Cinemas, Adelaide                           COMPLETED
  • DEC 3 Sun       Deakin Cinemas, Mildura                             COMPLETED
  • DEC 4 Mon       Cinema Pasadiso, Perth                              COMPLETED
  • DEC 4 Mon       10th Asia Pacific Third Sector Conference           COMPLETED
  • DEC 7 Thurs     Ascham School, Edgecliff, Sydney                    STANDING OVATION
  • DEC 13 Mon      Australian International School, Jakarta            SCHOOL
  • JAN 17 Wed      ACICIS Study Indonesia, Jakarta                     EDUCATION
  • JAN 18 Thurs    Screenwave International Film Fest, Coffs Harbour   COMPLETED
  • FEB 12 Mon      Refugee Alternatives @ Melbourne Uni. 6PM           COMPLETED
  • FEB 20 Tues     Refugee Action Committee, Canberra (Extract)        COMPLETED
  • FEB 23 Fri      George Brown University, Toronto                    COMPLETED
  • MAR 8 Thurs     Queenshead, Jakarta. 7pm. CRLC fundraiser.          DIRECTIONS
  • MAR 17 Sat      Toronto screening. Kate & Patrick, w/ Tahira 6pm.   REGISTER
  • MAR 18 Sun      Star of the Sea Parish Ctr, Redland City. 2:30pm    DIRECTIONS
  • MAR 21 Wed      George Brown College, Toronto. w/ Tahira. 1pm       UNIVERSITY
  • MAR 27 Tues     Marc Garneau Collegiate, Toronto. (w/ Tahira)       SECONDARY SCHOOL
  • APR 6-8         Rural Australians For Refugees Conf. Wondonga.      LECTURE ONLY
  • APR 19 Thurs    The Sun Theatre, Yarraville (CINEMA SCREENING)      SOLD OUT
  • MAY 14 Mon      Centre for Advancing Journalism, Melbourne Uni      UNIVERSITY
  • MAY 14 Mon      UTS, Sydney. Lecture and screening w/ Muzafar.      UNIVERSITY
  • MAY 16 Wed      Sydney Uni. Lecture and screening w/ Muzafar.      UNIVERSITY
  • MAY 17 Thurs    Forest Hill College, Welcome Dinner Project        TICKETS
  • MAY 18 Fri      UTS, Sydney. Lecture and screening w/ Muzafar.     UNIVERSITY

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