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Fleeing to Freedom

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Behrouz Boochani and Golriz Ghahraman
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Fri 23 Oct, 5.30pm 
60 mins

PRICE (pay what you can) $8-16



Behrouz Boochani and Golriz Ghahraman in conversation with journalist Anke Richter.

This Pukapuka Talk has sold out. Get in quick for remaining tickets to see Behrouz Boochani at his other event, a panel discussion about cultural diversity in Aotearoa. To book, visit Our People, Our Cultures, Our Languages.


Behrouz Boochani’s and Golriz Ghahraman’s refugee stories shine a devastating light on the fates of so many people, as borders close around the world. This is the first time they appear together to discuss their books – No Friend but the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison and Know Your Place.

In 2013, Kurdish journalist Behrouz Boochani sought asylum in Australia but was instead illegally imprisoned in the country’s most notorious detention centre on Manus Island. This book is the result. Boochani spent nearly five years typing passages of this book one text at a time from a secret mobile phone in prison. Compiled and translated from Farsi, they form an incredible story of how, escaping political persecution in Iran, he ended up trapped as a stateless person.  

When she was just nine, Golriz Ghahraman and her parents were forced to flee their home in Iran. After a terrifying and uncertain journey, they landed in Auckland where they were able to seek asylum and – ultimately – create a new life. In her open and intimate account, Ghahraman talks about making a home in Aotearoa New Zealand, her work as a human rights lawyer, her United Nations missions, and how she became the first refugee to be elected to the New Zealand Parliament. In her final chapter, she writes about welcoming Behrouz Boochani to New Zealand, where he became a free man for the first time in six years.  

We encourage you to pay what what you can; our suggestion is that those who are unwaged pay $8, those who earn minimum wage pay $12 and those who receive an above average salary pay $16.

Presented in association with the NZSA/PEN and Multicultural Nelson Tasman. 

Due to circumstances beyond the control of Nelson Arts Festival, Fleeing to Freedom will now take place at Nelson’s Theatre Royal, at the scheduled time of 5.30 pm.

All tickets are automatically valid at the Theatre Royal. If you have any questions about this change, please contact info@nelsonartsfestival.nz.

If you require a wheelchair-accessible seat, please make arrangements with the Theatre Royal by phoning 548 3840.


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Nelson, New Zealand
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