Central Victorian Indigenous Film Festival celebrates six years!

The 2022 Central Victorian Indigenous Film Festival which takes place from May 27 to June 3, during National Reconciliation Week, will celebrate its sixth year with a feast of films, videos and activities at venues in Bendigo, Castlemaine and Glenlyon.

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 on National Sorry Day at 4.30pm Thursday May 26, at the Bendigo Library with a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony. This will include an announcement of the winner of this year’s Central Victorian Koorie Youth Flick Fest and at 5pm a free screening of the short film.

Festival feature screenings include, DJÄKAMIRR, In My Blood It Runs, Nyarrn-gakgo mangkie: Voices of First Nations womxn, Blak Divaz, Wash My Soul in the River's Flow, Emu Runner, History Bites Back and Not Just Numbers.

A full program with details of all films and activities is available online at https://www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/About/Document-Library/cviff-2022-flyer-a4-pdf

City of Greater Bendigo Director Health and Wellbeing Vicky Mason said over the last 21 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 we are absolutely delighted that people can attend the festival in person again this year 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 2022 is Be Brave. Make Change. The theme urges everyone to make change beginning with brave actions in their daily lives – where they live, work, play and socialise.

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