This was never going to be a pleasant and easy ride, but boy, do they go all in to make sure every element of the show is as impactful as it possibly can be. FAYSSAL BAZZI: It was just over a year ago, I first heard about the project and thought it was a story I wanted to help tell. I can't speak to any other country, but Australia has a checkered history in how we deal with refugees. With the show now streaming on Netflix, we talked to Bazzi about his journey into the world of refugee detention, how his own story as an immigrant to Australia has helped shape his perspective, and his hope that the show will spark conversation about reforming the seriously flawed immigration policies around the world. “It’s so easy to get lost in statistics and buzz words and the political back and forth surrounding conversations about refugees,” adds Bazzi. ABC teams share the story behind the story and insights into the making of digital, TV and radio content. In the end, there was this really warm applause and I think I had the rest of the day off. Thankfully, with Netflix picking it up, it's getting the global recognition that it deserves. On my first day on set, I was welcomed by the Afghan elders, who, in a ceremony, welcomed me and were telling me how honored they were that I was representing them. And if the answer's no to one or more of those, then I think it's time to take a risk and aim for something better. Yes, mean guard Harriet is Jeff Goldblum’s right-hand gal in Thor: Ragnarok, if you were wondering. Stateless showcases how a broken immigration system impacts everyone on both sides of the fence. This is making us realize just how similar we really are at the end of the day. “Refugees have been in cages for years.”. Oh, I was very familiar with everything that was happening because I come from a theater background and in the early 2000s, when we did have on-shore detention, I was working on a play with someone that was in a detention center here. There’s so much to digest on this show that it’s hard to explain without jumping around – but thankfully Cate Blanchett, who co-created the show and stars as a wonderfully vapid dance teacher/cult leader’s wife, has made it easy to follow and, more importantly, easy to swallow. Yvonne Strahovski, Jai Courtney and Fayssal Bazzi on Humanizing Refugee Stories in ‘Stateless’ By Audrey Cleo Yap Yvonne Strahovski, Jai Courtney and Fayssal Bazzi … It’s made worse by his sister being an activist trying to free those within the camp – a middle ground set up by Australian government to house asylum seekers as they process each case.

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