Behrouz Boochani is a Kurdish-Iranian journalist, scholar, cultural advocate, writer and filmmaker. He is the author of No Friend But The Mountains, which portrayed life inside Australia’s notorious refugee detention centre on Manus Island. It won numerous awards, including the 2019 Victorian Prize for Literature. Boochani came to New Zealand in 2019 at the invitation of WORD Christchurch and in 2020 was granted asylum. In 2021 he is a University of Canterbury Ursula Bethell writer in residence.
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