“Some people when they hear Muslim film festival, they think it might be a religious festival, like we’re going to teach people about prayer or fasting. It’s not the case,” festival organiser Tarek Chamkhi says.
“The festival is to tell the stories from Muslim societies around the world and from Australia of course. Tell it as it is, with pros and cons.
“We believe that when you tell it as it is, it breaks down racism, stereotypes and xenophobia and make people have more understanding.”
For community leaders, films that show the contributions of the Islamic community to Australian history, including the pioneering Afghan cameleers, are a welcome addition to Australian cinema.