Howling Eagle is an independent film and activism project created by artist Angus McDonald in 2018
A series of short films we’ve created about refugees and forced migration titled "Philoxenia" are now viewable on our YouTube Channel.
Philoxenia is a greek word deeply embedded in that country’s cultural tradition that means “Extending friendship and hospitality to the stranger”
The series explores the global refugee and asylum seeker crisis, shares human stories of people affected, and considers the widely condemned offshore processing policy of the Australian Federal Government. To create the series, McDonald travelled with two collaborators, visiting Lebanon, Jordan and across Greece, hearing the stories of those who have been displaced in areas that have confronted the refugee issue on a massive scale.
We are also releasing a series of 5 minute interviews with a range of prominent lawyers, journalists, NGO’s, and refugees themselves about the nature of this issue which will be one of the great challenges of the 21st century.
“We all have to remember the human face of this global crisis and remain resolute in dismissing the fearful rhetoric that often surrounds the notion of refugees. Individuals and families fleeing persecution and conflict are people exactly like us. If we allow politicians to succeed in making us fearful and allowing cruel and inhumane policies to be justified, it doesn’t protect us, it only makes us weaker. Adopting compassionate positive approaches that respect and empower vulnerable people and acknowledge their humanity is deeply beneficial not only for those we are standing with, but equally for us too. Australia’s current policies are amongst the cruelest in the world and must be changed. We hope people will watch the films and gain some new perspectives about the situation confronting those forced from home“