ANNA J. JAMES
The first part of our Spotlight on Refugees and Mental Health series is Refugee Restaurant, a 10-minute documentary filmed in Brisbane.
Refugee Restaurant visits Mu’ooz in West End, a social enterprise and restaurant that employs refugee women who heal their war wounds through talking in the kitchen. “This is place for connection,” said Saba, owner of Mu’ooz and former freedom fighter.
We also visit Workneh and his wife Yeshi, who run Yeshi Buna in Moorooka, known as Brisbane’s ‘Little Africa’. For Workneh and his family, the restaurant is a stabilizing force and a place to connect with other refugees who struggle with their past.