This hand-drawn animation uses two photos of Noor and her sister to show how she finds inner strength through her Islamic beliefs to counteract the societal pressures of living as a young Muslim woman in western culture.
Through prayer and remembering God, Noor finds peace, calm and acceptance of the harsh words and aggressive attitudes people of colour often face, even in the towns and countries they are born.
“I thought this was a very out there opportunity to be involved with a creative community that doesn’t come around very often. I was able to develop my own ideas through the workshop process. I’ve really enjoyed meeting other, like-minded youths in my area, sharing space, experiences and ideas. I’ve loved being part of a group of dedicated, smart young people working hard to get their ideas about important issues into the world. It’s great to have this motivation and platform to voice our thoughts and opinions, helping us reach more people than we could on our own.”
You Don't Belong Here by Noor Alsakir is presented as a part of Duniya Behter.
Duniya Behter is supported by the Victorian Government through the Priority Response to Multicultural Communities during Coronavirus (PRMC) program.
Noor is from Iraq, born and raised in Shepparton and currently studying nursing and psychology at Deakin University, Melbourne. She enjoys a variety of creative activities such as drawing and crocheting but is fascinated by people and how our behaviours influence each other. Noor has a strong sense of equity, often standing up against bullies and advocating for those around her experiencing unfair treatment. She understands that sometimes people need a compassionate listener to reassure and lead them through difficult social issues such as racism and peer pressure.
From 11 Aug 2021
Duniya Behter shifts the mainstream narrative about people with migrant and refugee backgrounds, from vulnerable to capable. Women and young people in Bendigo and Shepparton drew from their cultural roots, to build creative businesses and produce new digital creative works. The name, Duniya Behter, emerged from conversations with young Cultural Facilitators employed to work on this project and it speaks to the spirit and intention of MAV’s regional Victoria program. It is a reflection of some of the cultures in Bendigo and Shepparton where the project is based. Duniya means the world in Arabic, Hindi and it’s also found in the languages of Swahili, Hazaragi, Urdu and Persian, where it holds a similar meaning. Behter means better but working together to make better.