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Goologoolup NAIDOC Week Film Screening

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Sunday, November 15, 2020 - 14:00 to 17:00
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State Library of Western Australia
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Goologoolup NAIDOC Week Film Screening
Presented as part of the 2020 NAIDOC Week, Screenarts in collaboration with Community Arts Network (CAN) and the State Library of Western Australia presents an afternoon screening of award-winning documentary In My Blood It Runs and local documentary Noongar Boodja – Place Names. The NAIDOC Week theme for 2020 is ‘Always Was, Always Will Be,’ which recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years. The NAIDOC Week organisers write, ‘The very first footprints on this continent were those belonging to First Nations peoples. Our coastal Nations watched and interacted with at least 36 contacts made by Europeans prior to 1770. Many of them resulting in the charting of the northern, western and southern coastlines – of our lands and our waters. For us, this nation’s story began at the dawn of time. NAIDOC 2020 invites all Australians to embrace the true history of this country – a history which dates back thousands of generations.’ (https://www.naidoc.org.au/get-involved/2020-theme) In response to this theme, Screenarts has curated a week-long series of film screenings, of which the feature screening of In My Blood It Runs, directed by Maya Newell is the finale. Accompanying the feature documentary is a short film Noongar Boodja – Place Names Documentary, made by young Noongar filmmakers from Albany and produced by Community Arts Network. The free finale screening is at the State Library of Western Australia Theatre and includes an introduction to the Place Names project by community facilitator and Noongar traditional owner Geri Hayden. Place Names is a five year program aimed at engaging communities across Noongar country and beyond in the Aboriginal stories, language and culture of each place. There will be an intermission between the screenings with complimentary tea and coffee. The week-long program of Indigenous art will also be screening on the Northbridge Piazza Screen and the Forrest Chase screens for the duration of NAIDOC week, 8-15 November. BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL, Register for a free ticket via http://bit.ly/3ekoMXr - For more information, www.screenarts.com.au/naidoc-2020 Goologoolup NAIDOC Week Film Screening Sunday 15 November 2.00-5.00pm State Library of WA Theatre - SCHEDULE 2.00pm Introduction to Place Names Project by Geri Hayden Geri Hayden is an Aboriginal Arts & Cultural Coordinator and Noongar woman, who has been involve in the Community Arts Network’s Place Names project for years. Geri will introduce the project and discuss how this important project will be expanded in the future. The project builds on Professor Collard’s well-established research, to work closely with communities to explore the Noongar language origins of town and place names using a variety of contemporary art forms that reflect language, place and identity. 2.15pm Noongar Boodja – Place Names Documentary | 2019 | U | 34mins ‘Noongar Boodja’ is a documentary made by young Aboriginal people from Albany. A stunning cinematic story that explores with Elders, significant places, their Noongar names and culture in Albany and surrounding areas. This film was developed as part of Community Arts Network (CAN) Place Names program, which looks to engage Noongar communities in exploring the meaning of language and culture through place. For more information, see http://www.canwa.com.au/project/place-names/ 2.50pm Tea break 3.30pm In My Blood It Runs | 2019 | PG | 90mins Directed by Maya Newell Ten-year-old Dujuan is a child-healer, a good hunter and speaks three languages. As he shares his wisdom of history and the complex world around him, we see his spark and intelligence. Yet Dujuan is ‘failing’ in school and facing increasing scrutiny from welfare and the police. As he travels perilously close to incarceration, his family fight to give him a strong Arrernte education alongside his western education lest he becomes another statistic. We walk with him as he grapples with these pressures, shares his truths and somewhere in-between finds space to dream, imagine and hope for his future self. Screenarts acknowledges the Whadjuk people of the Noongar nation as the traditional custodians of this country and its waters and that we operate on Noongar country. We pay our respects to Noongar elders past, present, and emerging. Always was and always will be Aboriginal land.