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World Film Festivals - by SimonC



March 26th 2012 02:25
Showing as part of Message Sticks FREE FILMS SUNDAY is part of the celebration of indigenous people in Australia and around the world. The Playhouse Theatre at Sydney's Opera House is a wonderful place to sit back and relax Sunday April 1. Start off with a portrait of indigenous struggles in Canada or catch the provocative TOOMELAH based in Outback Australia which was selected in the UNCERTAIN REGARD section at Cannes.

Venue: Playhouse
11am - 1.20pm
Please register your interest here for this FREE event, Sunday 1 April at 11am.

Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance
Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance

(Alanis Obomsawin, Canada 1993, 119 min)

In July 1990, a confrontation propelled Native issues in Kanehsatake and the village of Oka, Quebec, into the international spotlight. Director Alanis Obomsawin spent 78 nerve-wracking days and nights filming the armed stand-off between the Mohawks, the Quebec police and the Canadian army. This powerful documentary takes you right into the action of an age-old Aboriginal struggle. The result is a portrait of the people behind the barricades.

Following the screening Canada’s ImagineNative film members Denise Bolduc and Gail Maurice discuss the film.

Showing as part of Message Sticks 2012
Venue: Playhouse
2.20pm – 4.20pm
Please register your interest here for this FREE event, Sunday 1 April at 2.20pm.

Toomelah MA15
(Ivan Sen, Australia 2011, 97 min)

Toomelah is the much-celebrated Australian film, which played as part of the Un Certain Regard program at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in 2011.

Toomelah, written and directed by Ivan Sen, is a deeply personal story intimately depicting mission life in contemporary Australia. The Gamilaroi people of northwest NSW remain largely disconnected from modern Australia. It is a community on a cultural edge, struggling for an identity.

The story is told through the eyes of ten-year-old boy, Daniel who becomes a drug courier and trainee gangster for the local dealer.

This FREE screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Dean Daley- Jones and Artistic Director Rhoda Roberts.

View a trailer of Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance

View a trailer of Toomelah

Venue: Playhouse
Date: Sunday 1 April
Session #1: 11am – 1.20pm (1 film Q&A)
Session #2: 2.20pm – 4.20pm (1 film Q&A)

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