Another big day – and an even bigger night to come – at Addi Road in Marrickville with the premiere at 6pm, Friday 22 April, of the documentary ’DIE. OR DIE TRYING. ESCAPING THE TALIBAN’.

We expect a crowd of around 300 people to view our one-hour feature.

They will then hear Craig Foster and Tamkin Hakim speak with the fifteen young women who made the risky journey from Kabul to Australia (thanks in no small part to a dedicated group of women here in Sydney working behind the scenes to get them through the bureaucratic web).

The young women who made it here from Afghanistan – and the community that rallied to support them – will all be present. A very special night of stories, voices, and connection.

All of which means a busy morning here now.

We’ve been using Gumbramorra Hall as a converted Food Relief Hub over the last two years, providing emergency hampers and supplies to those trapped in Covid lockdowns, as well as answering bushfire and flood relief needs. The scope of that enterprise has to be seen to be believed.

Palettes of food have been moved to one side to make room for the audience tonight. The stage is cleared and dressed. The hall is being returned to its original identity as a community arts and gathering space for conversation and creative action. All the while it continues to signal the more recent demands of these times and how Addi Road has adapted to each situation… ensuring food security; fighting against inequality and racism; working towards refugee recognition; the local, national and global actions that make us what we are.

Everything is connected, of course. Art and food, human rights and community involvement, an organisation like ours forming – and reconfirming – ideas and relationships that matter across all kinds of frontlines.