INSPIRING: Young film-makers Stefan Hunt and Jonno Durant couldn’t help but put the amazing life story of Mexican refuge managers Pam and Alan Skuse on film – the documentary will be screened in Coffs Harbour this weekend.
INSPIRING: Young film-makers Stefan Hunt and Jonno Durant couldn’t help but put the amazing life story of Mexican refuge managers Pam and Alan Skuse on film – the documentary will be screened in Coffs Harbour this weekend.

A safer life volunteered

WHEN Pam and Alan Skuse left Australia in 2000 to volunteer at a children’s refuge in Tapachula, Mexico, they had no idea how life-altering the journey they were about to embark on would be.

Now, 10 years later, their amazing story is the subject of a documentary entitled ‘Somewhere Near Tapachula’, which is set to screen in Coffs Harbour this weekend.

From volunteers at the children’s refuge Mission Mexico, to now running it, Mr and Mrs Skuse have made their lives by making others safe. When young film-makers Stefan Hunt and Jonno Durant stumbled across their story, they couldn’t help but put it to film.

Their result is ‘Somewhere Near Tapachula’ is a story of love, life and hope – Mission Mexico’s mantra. It defines how strong the human spirit can be.

“Pam and Alan have built a home based around love, respect and self-belief,” Mr Durant said.

“After everything these kids have gone through early in life, they smile and laugh every day. The inspiration given by these children matches that of any business mentor, sports star or musician.”

The film which offers an insight to the daily challenges and rewards at the refuge and the one common theme that brings the family together every weekend – the ocean.

In the documentary, Pam said that the children of Mission Mexico have had to endure emotional pain and physical punishment early in life that no human should be subjected to.

“Some have been beaten, some have been raped, we have children that were addicted to drugs at the age of 8 and 9 and others have been used as sex slaves or are victims of illegal human trafficking,” she said.

A screening of ‘Somewhere Near Tapachula’ will be held at the Water Surf Art Café in Coffs Harbour this Sunday, March 7. Tickets are available through www.moshtix.com.au



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