Expert panel discusses the costs of discrimination at film screening

Organisers and panellists for The Cost of Discrimination Film Screening event. From left to right: Dr Natalie Mobini (co-organiser); Dr Heba Batainah (panellist); Dr Raihan Ismail (panellist); Dr Sam Kosari (panellist); Dr Melissa Lovell (co-organiser & chair).
Tuesday 17 April 2018

On Monday night, the 16th of April, around 80 people attended a film screening of the documentary The Cost of Discrimination (Iranwire/Off-Centre Productions). The documentary explores two different cases of discrimination, South Africa under Apartheid and the persecution of the Bah'is in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Chaired by Freilich Foundation Convenor Dr Melissa Lovell, the film event was followed by a discussion of the personal and societal impacts of discrimination by an expert panel that included: University of Canberra academic Dr Sam Kosari, an Iranian Baha'i who was prevented from attending university because of his religion but later completed a PhD in Neuropharmacology and Neurophysiology in Australia; Dr Raihan Ismail of the ANU's Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies who is an expert on political Islam and Middle East Politics; and Dr Heba Batainah, an Assistant Professor in Politics and International Relations at the University of Canberra whose research focuses on identity and issues of belonging in modern nation states and whose current research project focuses on the experiences of Syrian refugee women.

The Freilich Foundation thanks all participants in this event including Dr Natalie Mobini of the Australian Baha'i Community who co-organised the event.

The full documentary is available online

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