Central Victorian Indigenous Film Festival celebrates five years!

The 2021 Central Victorian Indigenous Film Festival which takes place from May 27 to June 3, during National Reconciliation Week, will celebrate its fifth year with a feast of films, videos and activities at venues in Bendigo, Castlemaine, Glenlyon and Chewton.

The festival is a mix of mostly free or low-cost films and activities and this year the festival is showcasing an exciting range of indigenous films, documentaries and videos, starring and telling stories about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people from Central Victoria and across Australia.

The festival will officially commence at 4.30pm Thursday May 27 at the Bendigo Library, with a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony.  This will be followed at 5pm by a free screening of Ringtones - a short documentary about the ringtones of some of the Yolgnu people of the Gapuwiyak community in Arnhem Land.

Festival feature screenings include Firestarter: The story of Bangarra, In My Blood It Runs, The Sapphires, Wawi, Backtrack Boy, High Ground and Charlie’s Country.

A full program with details of all films and activities is available online at  https://www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/cviff  

City of Greater Bendigo Director Health and Wellbeing Vicky Mason said over the last 20 years National Reconciliation Week has helped shape Australia’s journey towards a more just, equitable and reconciled nation.

“The City is committed to reconciliation and after taking last year’s festival online we are absolutely delighted that people can once again attend the festival in person so everyone can come together to celebrate,” Ms Mason said.

“National Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.”

The theme for National Reconciliation Week 2021 is – More than a word.  Reconciliation takes action. The theme urges the reconciliation movement towards braver and more impactful action.

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