‘They were shooting at us’: Australians filming documentary series Go Back To Where You Came From shot at by Islamic State in Syria

  • Six people took part in SBS series Go Back To Where You Came From
  • Three of the participants travelled to war-torn Syria to film part of the show
  • One of them told of the terrifying moment she was shot at by ISIS
  • The controversial series last aired in 2012 and aims to provoke debate
  • The show follows the participants as they retrace an asylum seeker’s journey to Australia
The three-part series, which will air on SBS, aims to provoke national debate about how Australia responds to refugees and asylum seekers

The three-part series, which will air on SBS, aims to provoke national debate about how Australia responds to refugees and asylum seekers

One of the stars of controversial Australian documentary Go Back To Where You Came From has revealed how she was shot at by the Islamic State while she and other participants of the show were in Syria to film the show.

The three-part series, which will air on SBS, aims to provoke national debate about how Australia responds to refugees and asylum seekers.

This year the program will feature a former refugee, two sisters, a detention centre whistle-blower, a tough talking teacher and a ‘Stop the Boats’ campaigner.

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One of the stars of controversial documentary Go Back To Where You Came From has revealed how she was shot at by the Islamic State while she and other participants of the show were in Syria to film the show

One of the stars of controversial documentary Go Back To Where You Came From has revealed how she was shot at by the Islamic State while she and other participants of the show were in Syria to film the show

Nicole (left), a detention centre whistle blower, Kim (centre), a Stop the Boats Facebook campaigner, and Andrew (right), a tough talking school teacher, as well as SBS film crew experienced first-hand of trying try escape from gunfire exchange between soldiers fighting against IS militants

Nicole (left), a detention centre whistle blower, Kim (centre), a Stop the Boats Facebook campaigner, and Andrew (right), a tough talking school teacher, as well as SBS film crew experienced first-hand of trying try escape from gunfire exchange between soldiers fighting against IS militants

During the filming of the show, three of the six Australian stars travelled to Syria for the documentary but found themselves in the middle of an active war zone.

Nicole, a detention centre whistle blower, Kim, a Stop the Boats Facebook campaigner, and Andrew, a tough talking school teacher, along with SBS film crew experienced first-hand as they tried to escape from gunfire exchange between soldiers and IS militants.

‘We had to move because they were shooting at us,’ participant Nicole told News.com.au.

‘It wasn’t until days later I actually realised, there are people being killed here and we were there actively engaging in war, with ISIS, we could have been killed.’

The series, which last aired in 2012, aims to provoke national debate about how Australia responds to refugees and asylum seekers

The series, which last aired in 2012, aims to provoke national debate about how Australia responds to refugees and asylum seekers

Nicole, a detention centre whistle blower, spoke before a Senate hearing about conditions for refugees at Manus and Nauru.

She was working with the Salvation Army at at Nauru Detention Centre to help detainees who she thought were being treated appallingly.

The 25-year-old now campaigns for the dismantling of the off shore processing system.

Go Back To Where You Came From, which last aired in 2012, will be shown over three consecutive nights this year, starting on July 28, following six people as they retrace the steps of those who seek asylum in Australia.

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