UWS celebrates Indigenous filmmaking

Date: 27/05/2009

The University of Western Sydney will celebrate Reconciliation Week by hosting a Dreaming Film Festival on Friday 29 May, 2009.

The Dreaming Film Festival, also part of the 2009 UWS Year of Respect and Inclusion celebrations, will feature films from the National Film and Sound Archives Black Screen Program and Flickerfest's 'Bit of Black Business' short film compilation.

Former Australian Human Rights Commissioner and Director of Equity and Diversity at UWS, Dr Sev Ozdowski, says celebrating the diversity of our society sends a strong message of inclusion to the wider community.

"The Dreaming Film Festival provides an opportunity for staff, students and the wider community to engage with Australian Indigenous stories and increase awareness of Indigenous history and culture," says Dr Ozdowski.

"Learning through film about Indigenous issues such as, identity, knowledge, history, racism, country, and family is an important aspect of reconciliation in Australia."

An acknowledgement of country performed by Wiradjuri Indigenous elder, Aunty Jean South, will be followed by an official opening address by Professor Wayne McKenna, Executive Dean of the College of Arts and Bankstown Campus Provost, and Cris Carriage, Indigenous Program Officer, School of Medicine.

The evening will comprise two viewing sessions, one commencing at 4.00pm and the other at 5.45pm. Short films to be included in the festival's program include:

SESSION 1: 4.00PM to 5.30pm
* B.L.A.C.K - Directed by Grant Leigh Saunders
* Mimi - Written and directed by Warwick Thornton
* SA Black Thing - Written and directed by Rima Tamou
* Backseat - Written and directed by Pauline Whyman
* Days Like These - Written and directed by Martin Leroy Adams
* Jackie Jackie - Written and directed by Adrian Wills

SESSION 2: 5.45pm to 7.00pm
* Nana - Written and directed by Warwick Thornton
* Green Bush - Written and directed by Warwick Thornton
* Hush - Written and directed by Dena Curtis
* Kwatye - Written and directed by Trisha Morton-Thoma
* My Brother Vinnie - Directed by Steven McGregor

For more information about the event, call Tatiana Lozano on 9678 7370, or visit http://www.uws.edu.au/dreamingfestival to view the festival program.

What: UWS Dreaming Film Festival
When: Friday 29 May, 3.45pm to 7.30pm
Where: Building 23.G.30, Bankstown campus
Cost: Free
Map: http://www.uws.edu.au/campuses_structure/cas/campuses/bankstown



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