The festival will feature a selection of award-winning films; Araatika: Rise Up!, Off Country, Wash My Soul in the River’s Flow and Where the Water Starts. Each Virtual Screening will be available to watch at 1pm AEST and again 7pm AEST on the screening date.

Our mission is to showcase First Nations stories and voices, and invite inclusive and open discussion throughout this important week. Each film explores a unique element of Indigenous culture, experience and story, and aims to raise awareness and spark discussions surrounding the 2022 NAIDOC theme “to Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! and support and secure institutional, structural, collaborative, and cooperative reforms.

This year’s festival will present four feature films, including Former National Rugby League (NRL) star Dean Widders in Araatika: Rise Up!, Richard Swain’s journey to restore the Australia’s snowy peaks in Where The Water Starts, John Harvey & Rhian Skirving’s Off Country – following six indigenous students transitioning from their homes into one of Australia’s most elite boarding schools, and Philippa Bateman’s musically-charged Wash My Soul in the River’s Flow, which celebrates the inspiring journey of singer-songwriters Archie Roach and Ruby Hunter during their iconic concert that premiered in 2004.

“Through the stories of the young Indigenous people in the ‘Off Country’, we can see how the colonial policies of the past are affecting our young people today” said filmmaker John Harvey. “We cannot ignore the impact these policies have had if we want to create a better future for Indigenous Australians.”

Tickets for the individual virtual screening events are $6.99USD with an All Access Festival Pass available for $19.99USD.

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Picture: Dean Widders and Bangarra Dance Theater in Araatika: Rise Up!