Redland Performing Art Centre, Cleveland



Welcome to Country by Dr Chris Mathews


Navajo Math Circles

Hundreds of Navajo children in recent years have found themselves at the centre of a lively collaboration with mathematicians from around the world. Navajo Math Circles is a one-hour film that documents this process over a two year period. (59 mins)


7 Sàmi Stories

Giving voice to contemporary Sami screen storytellers, embodying visions of a new generation of Sami filmmakers, made as a collaborative project. ‘Stories’ crosses many borders, telling the stories that have been kept silent as seven shorts are brought together. Read more…(1 hr 30 mins)



This screening session starts with Asinabaka, which is a series of short films from the Asinabaka Festival in Canada by and about First Nation Inuits. This is followed by A Common Experience which is a poetic exploration of the multi-generational affects of Canada’s Indian Residential School system. The session then comes to a close with An Object That Has Spirit, which follows five Indigenous Canadian artists who come together to design a heritage marker to honour Indian Residential School Survivors and to commit their experiences to public memory. Asinabaka (1hr 7 mins), A Common Experience (10 mins) and An Object That Has Spirit (27 mins)


Black Girl (La Noire de*)

Scorsese’s remastered version of Senegalese director Ousmane Sembene’s 1966 film, which is widely recognized as one of the founding works of African cinema.
A young Senegalese woman is employed as a governess for a French family in the city of Dakar. When the family returns to the Riviera, her comfortable duties as a nanny are replaced by the drudgery and indignities of a maid. (1 hr 5 mins)



Ousmane Sembène was the first film director from Africa to gain international recognition and rightly described as the father of African cinema. Following the screening of his remastered version of Black Girl, this biographical documentary will give an insight into the African freedom fighter that uses stories as his weapon and is widely regarded of as the greatest of all African filmmakers. (1 hr 30 mins)


What We Do in the Shadows

This 2014 New Zealand mockumentary horror-comedy film is about a group of vampires who live together in Wellington. Turns out vampires have their own domestic problems too! It is written, directed by, and stars Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, who also more recently directed Hunt for the Wilderpeople. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2014 and has since developed a cult following. (1 hr 26 mins)



The Road to Home

A documentary about Benny Wenda, the Nobel Peace Prize nominated West Papuan independence leader, in his ongoing struggle to free his people from Indonesian colonial rule. British filmmaker Dominic Brown was given rare and exclusive access, over a two year period, to follow Benny Wenda, providing a fascinating insight into the life and times of this freedom fighter.(1 hr)


Pasifika Shorts

A range of short films from across the Pacific including stories from Guam, Tahiti and Vanuatu. Short films include I Matai (The Dead), which is an experimental take on the ancient Chamoru death ceremony told through the prayers of a man grieving over the death of his brother (pictured); Blackbird Film Project which tells the story of Solomon Islander siblings, who were kidnapped from their island home to work on a sugar cane plantation in Queensland in the late 1800s; plus Footsteps by Lennie Hill; and three films from Namatan Short Film Festival in Vanuatu. Warning: contains mild to medium graphic content. (45 mins)


My Bicycle

Maw Theng Gaari (original title) is the first indigenous language film out of Bangladesh.
Set in a typical peri-urban tribal village focusing on the struggle of a family to sustain its livelihood through a new trade – carrying passengers in a bicycle, My Bicycle is a subtle representation and wonderful insight into Bangladesh’s most marginalized ethnic population. (1 hr)


When Two Worlds Collide

This spectacularly shot and emotionally gripping documentary will take you directly into the line of fire between powerful, opposing Peruvian leaders. On the one side is President Alan Garcia, who begins aggressively extracting resources from untouched indigenous Amazonian land. This is fiercely opposed by indigenous leader Alberto Pizango. A tense war of words quickly erupts into deadly violence. There will also be a Q&A after the documentary by Uncle Paul Spearim, a Gamilarray man who is deeply concerned about the destruction of country and culture.  (1 hr 43 mins)


Fluidity Shorts

The politics of race, gender, sex and identity are addressed in this screening of short films which will be followed by a discussion. Kent Monkman’s Shooting Geronimo, the short NITV documentary Jemima to Jeremy and Thirza Cuthand’s Boi O Boi will all feature. There will then be an opportunity for conversation with Jeremy Anderson after the screenings. Warning: contains adult themes and strong language. (1 hr)


Rain the Colour Blue with a Little Red in It

Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai (original title) is the first ever Tuareg language fictional film and was inspired by Prince’s cult classic Purple Rain. It explores the world of a musician trying to succeed in the raucous subculture of the Niger guitar scene. Purple Rain meets the Saharan Desert in this revolutionary story of guitars, motorcycles, cell phones, and the music of a new generation.(1 hr 15 mins)

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