“But the impact of that movie was really really big. It’s why I keep fighting against my family, even my society, to keep working in the arts. Because that’s the way to show the world how we are living, what we’re dealing with, and how we’re dealing with it.”
Having only arrived in Australia last year in 2021 at the age of 23, Hasiba is passionate that young people need to fight for what they want. “If they think there’s something that’s right for them, they need to go for it and make their own decisions.”
“What theatre and movies have taught me about borders, about colours, about language – it’s not the point. The connection between humans is the best thing. That’s what we have to keep and theatre is the best way to keep this connection going. If you’re interested in that, you have to keep fighting for that.”
Asked what she would say now to those three teachers who introduced her to the arts, Hasiba doesn’t miss a beat.
“You brought me into the world [of theatre] and I immersed myself 100% into it. You taught me to think in a way that looked at humanity. I learned a lot and I’m completely grateful for that. If I didn’t have you, the way that I think would be different. The way that I look at the world would be different. The way that I deal with my problems would be different. You are my sun in dark places. I can see the light because of you. That’s the impact they had on my life.”
"I would also like to give a special thanks to two very important people: Zahra Banasaz and Qasem Hasani. Without them, there wouldn't have been a school for refugee kids where hundreds of kids were able to access education. They helped me to grow up in peace and taught me so many life lessons. I don't know what would've happened to me otherwise. They are my family. I love them."