HRAFF Goes West
Emerging Filmmakers Networking Afternoon Tea
The Human Rights Arts & Film Festival (HRAFF) is hosting an afternoon tea networking event for emerging filmmakers interested in creating stories that matter.
Join us for a networking session with fellow filmmakers to exchange ideas, pitch projects and spark some interesting collaborations. Acclaimed filmmakers Amie Batalibasi, Nora Niasari and Pauline Whyman also share their words of wisdom, along with a screening of their latest short films.
About the Filmmakers
Amie Batalibasi is the writer and director of Blackbird (2017). Blackbird tells the story of Solomon Islander siblings, Rosa & Kiko, who were kidnapped from their island home to work on a sugar cane plantation in Queensland, Australia in the late 1800s.
Nora Niasari is the writer and director of Waterfall (2017). Waterfall follows a family road trip to a waterfall detours when 14-year-old Zahra cannot come to terms with her mother’s new fiancé.
Back Seat (2007) is a film inspired by Pauline Whyman’s own life experiences. It tells the story of 12-year-old Janine, a young Aboriginal girl, which her foster parents take for the first visit to her biological family.
The networking event will be followed by a screening of Naina Sen’s heart-warming film The Song Keepers. Central Australia’s answer to The Buena Vista Social Club, The Song Keepers tells the uplifting story of women from the world’s oldest culture preserving their sacred songs.
WHEN: Saturday 12 May,
Networking session: 2pm – 4pm
Film screening: from 6pm
VENUE: FCAC Performance Space
Presented by Footscray Community Arts Centre in association with the Human Rights Arts & Film Festival. Supported by Maribyrnong City Council and LUSH Australia.
1- The Song Keepers, Carolyn Windy.
2- Blackbird (2017) still, courtesy of HRAFF.
3- Waterfall (2017) still, courtesy of HRAFF.