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#507 Border Farce

August 23, 2022

This week, an exploration on coping with and processing trauma through the creation of art.

Before being brought to Australia, refugee Kazem Kazemi was detained on Manus Island for six years. The ordeal was brutal, dealing with abusive guards, friends passing away and more. Throughout it all, the ability to play and listen to heavy metal music is what kept him afloat.

Safdar Ahmed, someone similarly bolstered by heavy metal, tells this story and describes the connection he made with Kazem through music.

Find Out more about anti-racist Muslim death metal band, Hazeen here.

Hazeen’s Bandcamp

Refugee Art Project

Featured: Safdar Ahmed and Kazem Kazemi

Producer: Mike Williams

You can find more stories by Mike plus details for his upcoming live shows in Sydney and Melbourne at


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Production Manager & Host: Danni Stewart

Editorial Manager: Mell Chun

Social Media Producer: Timothy Nguyen

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