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Dreaming of Freedom: Burma & West Papua

Thursday July 5th - Dreaming of a Free Burma

WHAT: Emerge Film Festival in a FREE three day event showcasing a variety of films made by emerging filmmakers from CALD communities and highlighting the contribution mentoring programs have had in allowing people form refugee and emerging communities to tell their story through the powerful medium of film. The festival will incorporate live performance, Q&As and forums, allowing the audience to get closer to the film makers, ask those burning questions and experience a little more of Victoria’s diverse cultures.

6.30pm Arrival – performance by Burmese dancer Nweni Tun

7pm Screening Commences
A New Life in Australia (6mins)– A short film made as part of the Young Media Makers Project by young Karen filmmakers about a young man’s difficulties when first arriving in Australia from a refugee camp on the Thai/Burma border

Burmese Dreaming (60mins) – A creative non-fiction directed by Timothy Syrota.
A girl has a nightmare about the killing of her father by soldiers in a mountain village in Burma. She wakes up. She is in a refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border. She has been here for six years but still this is not where her mind lives. Instead it drifts between the realities of refugee life and dreams and day-dreams about Burma and a life she used to live. She remembers being imprisoned by the Burmese military at the age of five, she day-dreams about her buffalo friend, Zu Zu Ma, she has imaginary conversations with fishermen friends, and then her mind returns to reflections on life in the refugee camp. And through these dreams, day-dreams, and reflections the girl’s story – and a story of life in Burma – unfolds.

Q&A Session with filmmakers and Burmese community members

8.35 Interval

8.45pm Screening Begins
West Papua: A Journey to Freedom - This film encapsulates the political activism of Herman Wainggai, a young West Papuan independence leader and mentor of the non-violent students movement in West Papua, as he journeys from Melbourne, Australia, to an isolated refugee camp on the north coast of Papua New Guinea. This is a documentary about non-violent resistance, courage in an undeclared war, loneliness in exile. It’s about family, friendship, love, human rights, and great singing.
Trailer: http://ajourneytofreedom.net/trailer/

Q&A Session with filmmakers and West Papuan community members

Treasury Theatre
Level 1, 1 Macarthur Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002

CONTACT DETAILS: Jess Fairfax, Multicultural Arts Victoria
projects@multiculturalarts.com.au (03) 9188 3681