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Solid Screening on Country at Lismore

[supplied by Jenny Fraser]

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Lorraine Mafi-Williams. Image: supplied

Bundjalung women storytellers will be screening for International Womens Day celebrating their unique and valuable contributions to Indigenous screen culture at Lismore Womens Festival on campus at Southern Cross University, presented by cyberTribe.

In the gathering spirit, Jenny Fraser has curated a Solid Screening of short films made on Bundjalung Country, Eelemarni : the story of Leo and Leva by Lorraine Mafi-Williams 1988 featuring Aunty Millie Boyd, Nguura Muruy 2023 by Sandy Greenwood featuring Gumbaynggirr Custodians and allies, and DURANGEN by Jenny Fraser 2023 also featuring Bundjalung plant artists Euphemia Bostock, Faith Baisden, Deidre Currie, Tania Marlowe and Jasmin Stanford.

The event is a gift to the community so all women, men and children are welcome to attend this free screening. The event kicks off at SCU Lismore at 11.45am sharp, and there will also be a short time in the 2 hour session, for some yarning over tea in joyful tribute of generational Bundjalung Screen culture.

'Eelemarni : The story Leo and Leva' is a documentary and re-enactment based on an Aboriginal tribal legend from Bundjalung Country in Northern NSW. Speaking in 3 different dialects and singing songs passed on from generation to generation, singer and storyteller Millie Boyd tells of the love between Leo, a handsome warrior, and Leva, a beautiful maiden from another tribe. Filmmaker Lorraine Mafi-Williams is acknowledged for her work posthumously, as she died in 2001. Lorraine was the daughter of Bandjalang man Rev. Bob Turnbull, an activist in the 1930s and 40s, and her family was from the Woodenbong area. Mafi-Williams paved the way for Aboriginal women in the film industry.

‘Nguura Muruy’ (Forest Camp), is a new documentary film that tells the story of frontline Gumbaynggirr custodians and other Bellingen community members attempting to save Newry State Forest from planned logging operations. First-time director Sandy Greenwood conducted interviews with Elders and activists and narrates the documentary, while she led two campaigns alongside Elders and allies to protect Nambucca and Newry State Forest from industrial logging between 2020-2024.

 

I was inspired by how well local activists and Gumbaynggirr people worked together – it was reconciliation in action to protect country,” Ms Greenwood said of her inspiration to make the film.

'DURANGEN’ means ‘grow’ or ‘growing’ in a number of dialects of the traditional Bundjalung language, and this documentary features six matriarchs speaking about insider perspectives on native plant art. Discussing artworks in the film highlights the contribution of women’s work in growing culture, alongside some of the many native plant companions revered in daily living for Aboriginal people since time immemorial, but are now under threat from recent floods, fires, drought and pests.

 

'It is essential for us to have an archival record and be able to reshare this, especially as it involves the irreplaceable biological heritage of the plant queendom', said filmmaker Jenny Fraser.

SOLID SCREEN Festival has been running since 2014, maintaining sisterhood and presenting womens work by Indigenous Screen Makers and acknowledging historically important screen culture, with a focus on cultural safety. SOLID SCREEN Festival director Jenny Fraser says “The Bundjalung Nation has a deep history of maintaining culture and creativity across many artforms which has been celebrated all over Australia and other parts of the world, so we're here to remind everyone locally, and its a time to help lift spirits after enduring natural disasters.”

cyberTribe is in the leadup to marking 25 years of presenting Indigenous exhibitions and events internationally, and SOLID Screen has been shaped to showcase and enhance the local and national wealth of creative talent in the variety of artforms made by and for the screen culture matriarchy.

 

see more info :

http://solidscreenfestival.blogspot.com

screening program with info about the films:

http://solidscreenfestival.blogspot.com.au/p/screening.html

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