Message Sticks Indigenous Film Festival

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Celebrating 12 successful years, the 2011 Message Sticks Indigenous Film Festival returns to shine a light on the great diversity of Indigenous culture and artists.

This year's festival featues the world premiere of a major new Australian film, On the Ice, as well as showcasing other Indigenous films and filmmakers from Australia and abroad.

All sessions free > Tickets available on the day from the Tickets & Information Desk.

Saturday 21 May 2011

10.30am > And the River Flows On
 Unclassified 18+
An intimate and inspiring documentary, And the River Flows On (Carlos Pérez Rojas, 70 min, 2010, Mexico) tells of the struggle of Indigenous farmers to save their homes and livelihoods.

1.15pm > Crookhart and the Kulinada + Tales from the Daly Unclassifid 18+
In Crookhart and the Kulinada (David Tranter, 23 min, 2010, Australia), three elders recount stories of the water serpent, Kulunada. Tales from the Daly (Steven McGregor, 20 min, 2010, Australia) is a story about a young boy who fails to take his grandparent's advice and finds trouble.

2.30pm > Shifting Shelter 4 Unclassifid 15+
Like Seven Up, acclaimed filmmaker Ivan Sen follows the lives of four young Aboriginal people in rural New South Wales in Shifting Shelter 4 (Iven Sen, 52 min, 2010, Australia).

3pm > Q&A with Anita Heiss
Join Belinda Duarte as she yarns with author Anita Heiss about her latest novel Paris Dreaming.

Sunday 22 May 2011

4pm > On the Ice Unclassifid 18+
An Australian premiere, On the Ice (Andrew Okpeaha Maclean, 96 min, 2011, USA) is the engrossing and suspenseful feature film debut by filmmaker Andrew Okpeaha MacLean.

6pm > Shorts Program Unclassifid 18+
A screening of the best short films from here and around the world including: Wapawekka (Cree, Canada), Two Worlds (Australia), Stones (Hawaii), The Biggest Port (Australia).

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