Director: Anthony Maras
15 minutes

Azadi tells the story of an Afghani family who fled their strife-torn homeland to find a safer life but once they reached Australia seeking asylum they were not recognised by the authorities as genuine refugees. Following Australian law, they were detained and imprisoned in the South Australian desert at Woomera.

Co-Investors: Australian Film Commission, Adelaide Film Festival, private investors


  • Nominated AFI Awards Best Short Film
  • Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films: “Critics and Audience Choice” commendation
  • Aust Cinematograpers Awards- 2005 Gold Award
  • Nominated -ATOM Awards 2005 Best Short Film
  • Austin Film Festival Best Short Film – Finalist
  • Finalist – Dendy Awards – Sydney Film Festival 2005

Official Selection – Adelaide Film Festival; Valladolid; Sao Paulo; Florida; Sydney; Fort Lauderdale; Foyle Film Festival; Los Angeles International Short Film Festival; Athens; Vermont International Film Festival; Drama; Tiburon International Film Festival; Bermuda International Film Festivals; Hamptons International Film Festival

Film Type Short
Director Anthony Maras
Producer Scott McDonald