Over five nights this winter
– from Wednesday 6 to Sunday 10 July – Kambri at ANU will be hosting a free First Nations Film Festival, held in partnership with the ANU Film Group.
Timed to coincide with NAIDOC Week 2022, the Festival has been curated to celebrate and elevate the contributions and stories of First Nations creatives in the film industry. The screenings of these First Nations-focussed films, both old and new, form part of a wider Kambri First Nations Festival taking place across the precinct. Visit www.kambri.com.au for more information.
Entry to the festival is free and open to anyone to attend. No ANUFG membership is required, but registration is encouraged by CLICKING HERE
1. WEDNESDAY 6 JULY @ 7:30 PM – JEDDA (1955)
This landmark film was the first Australian feature to be shot in colour, and more importantly, the first to star Indigenous actors in leading roles. An Aboriginal orphan (Ngarla Kunoth) is adopted by a white family and finds herself trapped between two cultures.
2. THURSDAY 7 JULY @ 7:30 PM – RABBIT-PROOF FENCE (2002)
Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year is director Phillip Noyce’s powerful drama about the stolen generations. Based on the true story of three Aboriginal girls who, after being forcibly removed from their mothers in 1931, escaped from a mission settlement.
3. FRIDAY 8 JULY @ 7:30 PM – MY NAME IS GULPILIL (2021)
In 2017, David Gulpilil was diagnosed with lung cancer and given only six months to live. This intimate documentary charts his extraordinary life as he reminisces on a life bridging two cultures. It ultimately was his last performance before passing away in November 2021.
4. SATURDAY 9 JULY @ 7:30 PM – SWEET COUNTRY (2017)
In 1929 Alice Springs, when Aboriginal stockman Sam (Hamilton Morris) kills a white station owner in self-defence, he and his wife are forced to go on the run – pursued by a vengeance-fuelled posse intent on bringing Sam to justice one way or another.
5. SUNDAY 10 JULY @ 7:30 PM – THE DROVER’S WIFE: THE LEGEND OF MOLLY JOHNSON (2021)
In 1893, pregnant Molly Johnson (Leah Purcell) and her children struggle to survive in the absence of her drover husband. But that soon proves to be the least of her worries when unexpected visitors arrive, in this feminist reimagining of Henry Lawson’s classic Western.