HRAFF Westside: Found in a Dream
Join us for a special Westside screening of Found in a Dream by Helen Kassa, presented in partnership with the Human Rights Arts & Film Festival. The afternoon will begin with a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony and a musical performance by Daniel Atlaw Seifu of ethio-jazz ensemble Jazmaris. The film screening will include a panel discussion with writer and director Helen Kassa and lead actor Ras-Samuel Welda’abzgi.
WHEN: Saturday 1 May, 2pm – 5pm
Ethiopian coffee ceremony, 2pm
Performance by Daniel Atlaw Seifu (Jazmaris), 2.30pm
Film and panel discussion, 3pm
COST: Full $22 / Concession $18
AGES: Suitable for 15 yrs +
Meet the Panellists
HELEN KASSA (Writer & Director)
Helen Kassa was born in Asmara, Eritrea and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Helen grew up reading the works of legendary Ethiopian writers and poets, inspiring a deep desire to craft her own storytelling and share it with the world. In 2004 Helen moved to Australia, where she further perused her dream of sharing her storytelling through film, and in 2014 completed a Bachelor of Film and Production at SAE Institute of Melbourne.
Helen is a graduate of the Footscray Community Arts Centres’ Emerging Cultural Leadership program (2011). Her poetic and written work has been read and published on SBS radio Australia, 3CR and multiple community events within Australia, Ethiopia and America. And in 2012 Helen published her first book of poetry Gitimina ene “ግጥምና እኔ” (Poetry and me). Helen gives a voice for disadvantaged young Australians through performance art, film, documentary, poetry and music videos. She sees a need for the stories of African Australian’s to be heard and seen.
RAS-SAMUEL WELDA’ABZGI (Lead Actor)
Ras-Samuel is a vessel for telling stories that are gifted to him, and he is on a mission to share those gifts with the world. He holds theatre dear to his heart and is excited to be a part of history in the making as Laertes in Because the Night.
Ras-Samuel is also part of the Sub30 Collective, an established collective of artists from Melbourne’s west who are in-residence at The Malthouse in 2021. Ras-Samuel’s recent screen works include The Last Supper, BLVCK GOLD, Jebena Genie all of which he also wrote and produced. When he is not working you can find Ras-Samuel training and working on his craft at Brave Studios where he has been working since 2012 having received a full long-term scholarship.
Presented in partnership with Footscray Community Arts Centre, Human Rights Arts & Film Festival and Maribyrnong City Council.
1 – Still courtesy of HRAFF.