Healing From Torture and Trauma

The film examines the global impact of torture and trauma on refugees. Rehabilitation experts and refugees with lived experience speak about the harmful physical, mental and social effects of torture and trauma and the importance of investing in specialised rehabilitative programs and care. The narrative is based around an Australian organisation, STARTTS (Service for the Treatment & Rehabilitation of Torture & Trauma Survivors), which is a world leader in torture and trauma healing. Their CEO, Jorge Aroche, is also the President of the IRCT (International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims).

Many refugees suffer severe health impacts from torture and trauma. This is a global health issue that requires urgent attention and increased funding.

The effects of torture and trauma can be life long and include symptoms such as chronic physical pain and psychological symptoms such as anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), withdrawal and self-isolation.

Everyone has a right to heal and rehabilitation facilitates promotes positive health outcomes (physical, mental and social well-being) for these people.

Investing in rehabilitative care has so many benefits….not just for the individuals but also their families, communities and broader society.

  • Alexandra Cordukes
    Executive Producer
  • Will Cordukes
    Executive Producer
  • Alexandra Patrick-Dunn
  • Alexander Armour
    Director of Photography
  • Alexander Armour
  • Santiago Dutil
    Motion Graphics
  • Laundry Lane Productions
    Production Company
  • Evelyn Agripa
    Key Cast
  • Juan Aburto
    Key Cast
  • Jorge Aroche
    Key Cast
  • Dominica Dorning
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 29, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    500 AUD
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