SIEV X to be remembered
THREE hundred and fifty-three refugees died when their boat, the SIEV X, sank on October 19, 2001, on its way to Australia.
Seven people miraculously survived.
“Hope” is the documentary film about one of those survivors, Amal Basry, who endured 22 hours in the water before being rescued.
This Saturday there will be a special screening in Bellingen, including a discussion with filmmaker Steve Thomas.
Bellingen played a significant role in commemorating the SIEV X tragedy when a candlelit vigil on the town's riverbanks in 2002 sparked a flame which grew into the driving force for the memorial that now stands on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra.
Tickets are $10 at the door or from the Happy Hunter Second Hand Clothing Store.