"Film and the arts have so much power to influence the way we see the world, to heighten our awareness of the plight of those in our community and in the world community." Margaret Pomeranz AM, HRAFF Patron.
YIRRAMBOI First Nations Arts Festival is a citywide Blakout, gathering creative visionaries from across Victoria, Australia and around the world on the lands of the Kulin Nation. A ten day feast of arts and cultural events that honours the visions of yesterday and dreams forward into tomorrow.
“If you truly want multiculturalism in Australia, and for people to feel like they're a part of this country and able to contribute to it, then you need to make them feel like they’re part of it. And a huge part of that is representing them in the media." Rebka Bayou.
Going through the images felt good. No longer was I looking at the girl with the untidy hair; instead this was another beautiful girl you might see walking on the streets, someone finally willing to embrace her natural beauty and let her guard down.
“Before travelling to Greece, I knew I wanted to have my own brand and business. I wanted to be able to have creative freedom. The older I am the more appreciation I have for my heritage.” Maria Kambourakis.
“At this time in history, when women are marching, protesting, and working to reclaim their voices and their rightful place in the world, the her words team feel it’s more important than ever to provide opportunities for women to be heard - and to create a platform that allows others to share in their experiences.” Domini Marshall.
They say a cat has nine lives – and for Ruby, a First Nations woman navigating the 21st century, ‘nine lives’ are but one way to explain her idiosyncrasies. Join the enigmatic Ruby on her quest for connection, as she unites the truths of history with her experience of the present to uncover the binding threads of people and place. A one-woman exploration of hope, longing and connection.