Two films will mark national Reconciliation Week when Rabbit Proof Fence and Ten Canoes screen at the Redland Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, June 2.
The week is an annual celebration enabling all Australians to come together in the spirit of mutual respect. It is bookmarked by the anniversaries of the 1967 Referendum and Mabo Day, spanning May 27 to June 3.
This year’s theme is Don’t Keep History a Mystery. During this week all Australians are invited to learn, share, and grow by exploring our past and learning more about aboriginal and Torres Strait islander histories and cultures.
Rabbit-Proof Fence (PG) tells the true story of three Aboriginal girls who are forcibly taken from their families in 1931 to be trained as domestic servants. They make a daring escape and embark on an epic 1500-mile journey to get back home following the rabbit-proof fence that bisects the Australian continent. Starring Everlyn Sampi, Tianna Sansbury and Kenneth Branagh, this film runs for 94 minutes and will be screened at 10am (non-captioned) and at noon (captioned).
Ten Canoes (M) will present a tale within a tale as it follows Dayindi, a young aboriginal warrior in Arnhem Land, in a time separate of Western influence. His older brother Minygululu, tells the young Dayindi a story about another young man even further back in time who, like Dayindi, coveted his elder brother’s youngest wife. Through stories, can values be taught and balance achieved and will Dayindi change his path in life? Starring Crusoe Kurddal, Jamie Gulpilil and Peter Minygululu, this film runs for 90 minutes and will be screened at 2pm (non-captioned) and at 4pm (captioned).
This is the first of three weekends of film at RPAC to inspire, inform and engage audiences through Australian storytelling. Tickets are $8 for a single film or you can watch two films on the same day for $14. For bookings and further information visit rpac.com.au or phone 3829 8131 (booking fees are $4.10 by phone and $5 online per transaction).
WIN: Redland City Bulletin has one double pass to give away to each movie. To be in the draw to win, enter your details below by 9am on Monday, May 28. Please nominate your preferred movie and whether you wish to view it non captioned or captioned. Conditions may apply. Winners will be contacted by a representative from RPAC and their names announced online.