In October 2015 I offered a workshop focused on supporting film makers to articulate and describe the relationship they have with their particular projects as a way of unearthing local and personal responses and ways to overcome the challenges and problems that arise through the creative process and in the wider context of navigating the film industry.
The Nauru files were released early this month by the Guardian. Seeing these reports published transported me back to Christmas Island, the centre of Australia’s border force system where people arriving by boat are first detained. I was taken back to the hours, the days, the weeks that I sat with people seeking asylum in those moments between the arrival of experiencing safety and hope and the overwhelming despair of being transferred to offshore detention. Offshore detention is the somewhat clinical term for describing Australia’s policy (as a developed country) of sending people arriving by boat to countries in the Pacific Ocean alongside removing the possibility of ever being settled in Australia - even if found to be a genuine refugee.
I hurried up the flight of stairs cursing myself at having run late…”how will I get the urn on in time for the men to have hot coffee and tea before group starts?!” I was quickly putting the biscuits out on the table when the co-facilitator, an older, Caucasian college walked into the room, his casual pace stark against my frantic scurrying….
And then it hit me!
You feel sick with relief as you place one shaky foot after the other onto the jetty of the island. For a moment you can forget the nightmare of the days at sea and the conviction you held that you were not going to make it alive. For a moment you can hope that the efforts you have made to flee the persecution of home have created a window into a safe future.
Poh Lin Lee
welcome to a collection of writings about my journey with narrative therapy across diverse lands and fields.
The writings on this blog are personal reflections, opinions and fragments of stories of practice (in the context of counselling, supervision, training and film consultation) that have permission to be shared and de-identified when requested. This blog is not intended in any way to provide professional advice nor promote a single approach to significant concerns/issues.