First Nations

Sydney Film Festival’s program of First Nations’ filmmaking is overflowing with diverse ideas and themes, unique perspectives and traditional stories.

Two feature films will be presented, one (Vai) by nine women directors from the South Pacific, and the other (The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open) by two Canadian filmmakers (one from a Blackfoot woman, and the other from Kainai First Nation as well as Sámi from northern Norway).

Two documentaries in the program focus on strong Indigenous women filmmakers, Frieda Glynn from Australia (in She Who Must Be Obeyed Loved, a film directed by her daughter and produced by her granddaughter) and Merata Mita from New Zealand (in a documentary directed by her son, Hepari Mita, and produced by Chelsea Winstanley).

Another key element in the line-up is the environment, a unifying force in Vai, and under threat in two brand-new documentaries from Australia; Saving Seagrass and Warburdar Bununu: Water Shield. Rounding out this outstanding program are four short films from New Zealand (this year’s Country of Focus in the festival), and five from Australia.

Thank you to the New Zealand Film Commission.

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