26 September 2023

Police-made film comes to its censors

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An award winning short documentary film co-produced by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) with the Australian Islamic Centre (AIC), Human Appeal and Blueprint Studios is to be shown across the nation now that it has completed its premier.

An initiative of the AFP’s Community Liaison Team, the film ‘Fired Up’ tells the story of AIC volunteers who travelled to areas impacted by the devastating 2019/2020 bushfires to provide essential supplies to communities in critical need.

The film, which premiered in Melbourne last week (31 March) is made-up of a series of interviews and reflections about that challenging time with voices including volunteers from the AIC and local residents who received assistance from the volunteer group.

AFP Detective Inspector Spiros Drossos said the film reflects a message of gratitude and mateship.

“The film captures responses from communities who might not have had the opportunity to meet Muslim Australians prior to receiving much-needed food and fire-relief assistance,” Detective Inspector Drossos said.

“It’s about breaking down barriers and building relationships with our culturally and linguistically diverse communities around Australia, which is a key priority for the AFP.”

He said the AFP Community Liaison Teams were based in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth and they engage with communities to address misunderstandings and misconceptions, facilitate conversations about issues of concern, discuss emerging situations, and act as a conduit between the community and law enforcement on issues which may be impacting on them.

For more information about the film or to request a screening the people to contact are at [email protected].

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