Hope Road

In the latest film from festival favourite Tom Zubrycki, a South Sudan refugee returns to his village to build a school, but his ambitious plans are challenged when life intervenes

A refugee from the Sudanese civil war, Zacharia (one of the ‘Lost Boys' of Sudan) lives in Sydney with his wife and daughter. He desperately wants to do something for his former village, now in the newly created nation of South Sudan. His dream is to build a much-needed school, enlisting the backing of numerous Australians. Janet, a dedicated supporter, joins him on a 40-day fundraising walk from Tweed Heads to Sydney along with filmmaker Tom Zubrycki. But will this strategy raise the funds they need? Thwarted by escalating conflict back in South Sudan, and shocked by a broken relationship, Zac must decide what's important in his life.

Festival guest: Tom Zubrycki and protagonist Zacharia Machiek

This film is nominated for the Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Australian Documentary:

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Tom Zubrycki


104 mins


All Ages


Tom Zubrycki

Tom Zubrycki

Tom Zubrycki

Ray Thomas

Social issues, Human Rights, Africa, Documentary Australia Foundation Award, Politics & Economics, World Premieres

Production Company: Jotz Productions