Join us in celebrating National Reconciliation Week 2023 and First Nations voices with a series of film screenings between June 1–3.
Narrative features include the latest from acclaimed arthouse director Rolf de Heer (THE SURVIVAL OF KINDNESS), and a spellbinding anthology film featuring eight interwoven tales by Indigenous Australian and Māori filmmakers (WE ARE STILL HERE). And on the documentary side, we have a beautiful concert film featuring the late Archie Roach and Ruby Hunter (WASH MY SOUL IN THE RIVER'S FLOW), as well as the Canberra premiere of COUNTRYMAN, followed by a Q&A with the film's director and subject, Peter Pecotić and Joseph Williams.
Entry into screenings is free for all ANU Film Group members. Not yet a member? Memberships start at $15 for a week, up to $90 for a full year's worth of films, and can be purchased at the door or online at www.anufg.org.au/join. Please contact us at email@example.com should you have any questions.
1. THURSDAY 1 JUNE @ 7:30 PM: COUNTRYMAN (2022) + Q&A
Director: Peter Pecotić
Cast: Peter Pecotić, Joseph Williams
Retracing his late father's footsteps, a traveller embarks on a 10,000km road trip across Northern Australia where he encounters a Warumungu artist whose father was also a migrant. Followed by Q&A with Peter Pecotić and Joseph Williams. (78 mins)
2. FRIDAY 2 JUNE @ 7:30 PM: THE SURVIVAL OF KINDNESS (2022)
Director: Rolf de Heer
Cast: Mwajemi Hussein, Deepthi Sharma, Darsan Sharma, Gary Waddell
In a future where people of colour are unaffected by apocalyptic events, an Indigenous woman is left to die in a cage in the desert. When she escapes, she embarks on an odyssey to evade persecution, in director Rolf de Heer's latest. (M, 96 mins)
3. SATURDAY 3 JUNE @ 5 PM: WASH MY SOUL IN THE RIVER'S FLOW (2021)
Director: Philippa Bateman
Cast: Archie Roach, Ruby Hunter
Part documentary, part concert film, this is a celebration of the love, lives and voices of two of Australia’s greatest artists – Indigenous musicians Archie Roach and Ruby Hunter – as they prepare for and perform a legendary concert in 2004. (PG, 89 mins)
4. SATURDAY 3 JUNE @ 7:30 PM: WE ARE STILL HERE (2022)
Directors: Chantelle Burgoyne, Tirana Reweti, Beck Cole, Samuel Nuggin-Paynter, Richard Curtis, Tim Worrall, Dena Curtis, Mario Gaoa, Miki Magasiva, Danielle MacLean, Renae Miami, Tracey Rigney
Cast: Clarence Ryan, Tioreore Ngatai-Melbourne, Leonie Whyman, Calvin Tuteao
A sweeping anthology which brings together eight interwoven tales from Indigenous Australian and Māori filmmakers, each exploring the impact of settler colonialism on indigenous culture in their own unique way. (M, 90 mins)