Hurtling through space and time, We Are Still Here is an unparalleled First Nations celebration, interweaving eight stories by 10 directors from Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.
Conceived as a cinematic response to the 250th anniversary of James Cook’s arrival in this region, We Are Still Here
is a poetic and powerful statement of resistance and survival. Through eight heroic protagonists, the film traverses 1000 years exploring stories of kinship, loss, grief and resilience. It begins with a stunning animation set in ancient times, when a mother and daughter out fishing have a disturbing vision of the future. Then we are taken to 1862 where, in both Australia and New Zealand, Indigenous people confront the prospect of a terrifying future. In 1915, a Samoan soldier finds himself in a perilous situation, but also encounters an unexpected act of kindness. Alongside stories set in the past, there are also contemporary stories of activism, of confronting racism, of romance and of ancestral love. And finally, a vision of a dystopian future. Bringing together a range of genres – animation, sci-fi, romantic comedy, period drama – We Are Still Here
is cumulatively a strident story of endurance in the face of colonialism, racism and attempted erasure. It is also evidence of thrilling new First Nations cinematic talent from our region.Join us for the Opening Night Gala Film + Party
A strictly limited number of tickets for the Opening Night Gala and after party at the stunning Centennial Hall are available. Here’s your chance to rub shoulders with SFF’s international and Australian guests and film industry personalities, drink cocktails and sample canapés in the heart of the city at Sydney’s premier film event. Ticketholders will gather under the imposing 25-metre wide grand organ of this amazing venue that’s over 115 years old and can indulge in a glass of wine from Chateau Tanunda, sip on the finest spirits from Brix Distillery, or kick back with a beer from Mountain Goat.