77 Brighton Street, Petersham, NSW, 2049
Entry by donation.
This month’s screening is a fundraiser to assist with the fight against the creation of more inter-generational trauma being perpetrated on First Nations families.
The numbers of Aboriginal children being forcibly removed from their families by the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) has never been so high. In NSW alone, there are currently over 6200 Aboriginal children in out of home care and communities are saying this is another Stolen Generation. Families on the frontline against FACS are fighting back and in Gunnedah a new group has formed called Grandmothers Against Removals (GMAR). On April 11, GMAR hosted a 40 strong protest outside their local FACS office in Tamworth demanding support for families not punitive removals. GMAR have called a national day of protest on May 26 to mark National Sorry Day, saying “sorry means nothing until you bring our babies home!”. Come and hear first hand testimonies from the protest and families fighting FACS.
Uncle Albert Hartnett (Wangkumarra Father with first hand experience of forced child removal)
Aunty Veronica Saunders (Birripi Aunty fighting for her Grandchildren – will reportback on GMAR protest in Tamworth)
Olivia Nigro (STICS member Working with GMAR to build the fight)
Films to be shown:
IT’S A LONG ROAD BACK
A film by Oomera (Coral) Edwards
Sound by Wayne Barker
This powerful documentary was made by Oomera (Coral) Edwards on Super 8mm film as a training exercise at the (then) Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies in Canberra.
The film surveys the New South Wales policy of taking Aboriginal children from their families and putting them in institutions run by the Aborigines Welfare Board. From 1883 to 1969, this policy deprived generations of children of their Aboriginal identity. Oomera was one of these children, and she discusses her own struggle to regain her Aboriginality.
The film also includes a moving interview with a former matron at an Aboriginal Welfare Home in Cootamundra, expressing her on-going concern that Aboriginal children were removed from their parents without any consultation or parental permission.
Directed By: Kate Gillick
Produced By: Charlotte Seymour, Harold Furber
Taken from Alice Springs by the Commonwealth Government at four years of age, Harold recounts his long journey north and his boyhood years on his new ‘home’ on Croker Island.
Telling his story through the use of slides and old moving footage taken by the missionaries, he recounts a growing sense of a new family and home, continually punctuated by confusion, further separation from his sister and cousins and a longing for that other home and family back in the desert regions of Alice Springs. He tells us how the beauty of Croker Island and the care of the mission cottage mothers never diminished the pain of separation from his own mother, family and country and how the ritual slide nights on Croker Island helped keep his connection to his loved ones alive.
WAITING FOR BILL
Director- Irene Fuez
Early this century many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders were forcibly removed from their families and relocated at government missions managed by white administrators. This is the story of Rose Thaiday who grew up in a mission in Warrabinda in Central Queensland. She talks about her life and her search for a lost heritage.
For more information, visit www.stopstolengenerations.
To donate to the fighting fund:
Account Name: Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney
BSB number: 06 2212
Account number: 10452725
ABN 56 162 064 644.
The Inner West Film Forum Membership available at the Door
* Quarterly $15 ($12 concession) covers three successive months.
* Half-Yearly $28 ($23 concession) covers six successive months.
* Yearly $54 ($48 concession) covers twelve successive months
* All inclusive of the date of purchase.
Bar open from 7.00 p.m.
The IWFF is a non-profit group dedicated to the screening of important and too infrequently seen films and documentaries and providing a community forum for discussion of issues of social, political and cultural concern.
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