MDFF Shorts Session 2

MAGNIFICENT BEINGS (Dir: Rob Tiffin, 8m) On an afternoon walk, Rob wanders into a secret world.

TASTE OF INDIGENOUS (Dir: Josephine Bono, 20m) Two Indigenous chefs take turns hosting a culinary experience allowing us to rediscover the tradition and culture behind their tribe’s ancestral food.

OUR WELLBEING OUR WAY (Dir: Luisa Mitchell, Radheya Jegatheva, 8m) Indigenous Australian’s holistic and interconnected ways of experiencing wellbeing is brutally disrupted by British colonisation, leading to intergenerational trauma and systemic disadvantage.

TO BE SILENT (Dir: Tace Stevens, 10m) Noongar and Spinifex Aboriginal woman Tace Stevens explores the impact of code-switching on her identity, before revealing what led her to embrace the power of standing firm in who she is, no matter where she is.

KIDS PLAY (Dir: Elizabeth Chow, 25m) Creating a show with teenagers about their lived experience in 2022, off the back of two years of intermittent covid lockdowns intrigued me. How was drama therapist, Anne, hearing teenagers’ secrets and then how were these confronting topics going to be handled in a public performance by the kids themselves?

A piece of gritty and entertaining theatre created by a tight knit group of 30 young people aged 11 to 16 with the help of professional writers culminated in a three-night run in November of 2022 to sold out audiences.

Based in the inner north of Melbourne on the lands of the Wurundjeri people, this film captures a moment in time when a community came together under the "Cult of Anne" and the smell of an oily rag to make room for kids to be together and reflect their experiences of being a teenager in 2022.

The results were more than the sum of their parts.

WHERE WE LEFT OFF (Dir: Isabella Mena Browne, 15m) Inspired by his grandfather, Clinton joins the military–his younger brother Vincent soon follows. Two Anglo-Filipino brothers share their personal experience of navigating the highs and lows of the Australian military culture. Now retired from service they share their story, dating back to their country childhood, during service and their retirement. Through their strong bond with one another and connection to family values, both brothers reflect upon their relationship sustaining them through their military careers and ongoing lives.

HIDDEN HUNGER (Dir: Orit Novak, 17m) HIDDEN HUNGER journeys across Kenya and Tanzania, exploring urban and rural communities, to shed light on the invisible crisis of malnutrition. The film emphasises the voices of women; mothers, millers, farmers and activists as they work hard to implement impactful solutions whilst facing a challenging reality. Through their narratives, the documentary illustrates how Sanku's fortified maize initiatives empower communities to combat disease, enhance livelihoods, and pave the way for a brighter future for generations to come.

20m Q&A post-film. 

Commences Saturday, 20 Jul 2024
Rating E
Genre Documentary
Running Time 100
Show Times
Saturday, 20th July

Session times for the new cinema week, commencing each Thursday, will be released the Tuesday afternoon prior

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