October 23, 2011 at 2:00 pm
How does it feel like to not be able to see your family or friends ever again? To be evicted from your own country even though no crime was committed? This is what it means to be a refugee. As defined by the United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees (UNCHR) of 1951, a refugee is defined as a person who ‘owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country‘. Some refugees live a normal and comfortable life in their new homes, others do not fare so well. One common thing that all refugees share is their love for their own country.
In collaboration with UNCHR, The Actors Studio presents Life Sdn Bhd 7: REFUGEES, the seventh Life Sdn Bhd series that has been receiving great response from the public. This series will feature seven courageous men and women from Myanmar, Somalia and Sri Lanka, who will share their honest and compelling stories of their lives as refugees in Malaysia. Though they may have lost everything, these refugees, like the other many refugees seeking shelter in Malaysia, show an incredible courage and perseverance to remain steadfast and positive in their will to survive.
Joining the refugees on stage is Deborah Henry, who is a refugee rights advocate, and Susheela Balasundaram of UNCHR, together with singer-songwriters Ariff Akhir and Ian Chow. The Life Sdn Bhd 7: REFUGEES series will be held from 26th till 29th October at 8.30 pm AND 30th October at 3.00 pm. Tickets are priced at RM 33 for adults and RM 23 for students and TAS card holders. Viewers attending the preview night on 26th October will be charged a flat rate of RM 23 per entry. For more information, call The Actors Studio at 03 2142 2009 / 2143 2009 or log on to the website here.