I Am Emmanuel

I Am Emmanuel
2013 – Writer/Director
20 minutes


Emmanuel is determined to not let the past define his future. After fleeing from war-torn Sudan with his family, he finds his new life comes with many opportunities, and equally, many challenges.

I Am Emmanuel is a poetic short film, created in collaboration with members from the South Sudanese community. The film explores the issues that many refugees face in settlement including diaspora, post-traumatic stress, isolation, depression as well as language and educational barriers.
I Am Emmanuel had its world premiere at Oscar-qualifying film festival; Palm Springs Shortfest and was featured at Parramatta Riverside Theatres during Refugee Week.

Producer: Eleanor Winkler
DOP: Nicola Daley
Editor: Adrian Rostirillo
Composer: Jonny Higgins
Production Company: The Australian Film, Television and Radio School


Best Direction – Australian Directors Guild Awards
Gold Award for Cinematography – Australian Cinematographers Society
Best Editing – Canberra Short Film Festival
Honourable Mention – Taos Shortz Film Festival
Nominated Best Editing – Australian Screen Editors
Best Australian Short film – Human Rights and Arts Film Festival

Film Festivals

Palm Springs Shortfest
Videomedeja Awards, Novi Sad, Serbia
Victoria TX Indie Film Fest
Taos Shortz Film Festival
Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival
Newport Beach Film Festival
Ojai Film Festival
Ankara International Film Festival

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