In a partnership to rival all others, the Sydney Film Festival is collaborating with Blackfella Films to provide the best Indigenous films from Australia and around the world to the festival audience.
Blackfella Films @ Sydney Film Festival is a program which hopes to honour the stories of various Indigenous cultures, a feat made possible by the festival’s newly forged partnership with Blackfella Films.
The superstar team behind Blackfella Films, Rachel Perkins and Darren Dale, has curated the program which promises to deliver the very greatest of Indigenous filmmaking from all across the globe.
“For the past 11 years Rachel Perkins and Darren Dale have curated an amazing Indigenous film program for Message Sticks at the Sydney Opera House,” Sydney Film Festival CEO Leigh Small said.
“Sydney Film Festival is proud to partner with them to introduce the program and its filmmakers to a larger audience through screenings at the State Theatre and other venues across the Festival.”
The program this year will present two features, two documentaries and four short films, including the world premiere of Mabo
, a film directed by Rachel Perkins (Bran Nue Day
) and telling the moving love story of Eddie and Bonita Mabo. The film will be screened on June 7th, to coincide with the 20th anniversary week of Mabo Day, an event which commemorates the day that the High Court of Australia recognised the rights of Indigenous people to their traditional lands.
Other must-see films include the internationally acclaimed Mosquita y Mari
directed by Chicana director Aurora Guerrero, which focuses on the touching friendship between two young Chicanas in a true coming of age story that has had reviewers raving.
Australian documentaries Croker Island Exodus
and Coniston Massacre
are also a part of this year’s program, as well as short films Black Buster
, Snow in Paradise
, OK Breathe Auralee
New Zealand short film Snow in Paradise
has already received the critical honour of being selected to take part in the 2012 Berlinale. The film, directed by Justine Simei-Barton and Nikki Si’ulepa, is set in the 1970s and explores the severe implications that arose from nuclear testing in the Pacific through the eyes of a young island girl.
Australian documentary Croker Island Exodus
will also have its world premiere at the festival this year. It tells the story of the 95 Aboriginal children from the Stolen Generation who found themselves trapped on Croker Island and had to make the 5,000 kilometre epic journey which defined their childhood.
“It is exciting to be presenting Indigenous cinema from Australia and around the world at the Sydney Film Festival,” Blackfella Films company director Darren Dale said.
“We hope this new partnership will bring these incredible films to a wider audience and one that introduces festivalgoers to the wonderfully creative filmmakers behind these works.”
The very best of partnerships compliment each other and their intended audience, and this is exactly what Blackfella Films and the Sydney Film Festival aim to do. Introducing Indigenous films into the festival will give audiences the chance to experience the struggles and outstanding contributions of Indigenous culture, not only in Australia, but throughout the world.
For more information visit Sydney Film Festival's website and check out our Festival Focus mini-site.