We acknowledge Australia’s First Nations People as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land, and pay respect to the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, upon whose Country SFF are based.
We honour the storytelling and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia.

We Are Still Here

Directed by Beck Cole, Danielle MacLean, Dena Curtis, Tim Worrall, Richard Curtis, Miki Magasiva, Mario Gaoa, Chantelle Burgoyne, Tracey Rigney, Renae Maihi
Australia, New Zealand
90 minutes
All Ages
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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.

New session added – Back by Popular Demand
We’re bringing 15 of our most beloved films back by popular demand for another screening. Single tickets on sale now. Flexipass redemptions are not available for these special post-Festival screenings.
[An] unquestionably memorable and, at times, a thrilling achievement, one that imparts a wonderful sense of growing, expanding and evolving, almost as if it has a life of its own. When there is so much same-same content about, there is nothing else quite like this.
Luke Buckmaster, Guardian Australia


Thu 9 Jun
Ritz Randwick - Cinema 1
Past Event Cancel
Wed 15 Jun
Hayden Orpheum Cremorne - Cinema 4
Past Event Cancel
Tue 21 Jun
Palace Norton Street
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
First Nations
All Ages
Australia, New Zealand
In Arrernte, Maori, English, Samoan, Turkish with English subtitles
Beck Cole, Danielle MacLean, Dena Curtis, Tim Worrall, Richard Curtis, Miki Magasiva, Mario Gaoa, Chantelle Burgoyne, Tracey Rigney, Renae Maihi
Mitchell Stanley, Toni Stowers, Mia Henry-Teirney
Clarence Ryan, Tioreore Ngatai-Melbourne, Leonie Whyman
Danielle MacLean, Dena Curtis, Tim Worrall, Richard Curtis, Miki Magasiva, Mario Gaoa, Tiraroa Reweti, Chantelle Burgoyne, Tracey Rigney, Renae Maihi, Samuel Nuggin-Paynter
Eric Murray Lui, Ray Edwards
Roland Gallois
World Premiere
First Nations, Women Directors, Australian Films, World Premieres, Animation, Crime, Comedies, Back by Popular Demand
Company Credits
Australian Distributor: Dark Matter
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