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International Women's Day

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This International Women's Day, come to ACMI to listen, think, question, discover and dance.

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Panel discussion: Where to from here? featuring Leila Gurruwiwi, Santilla Chingaipe, Atong Atem, Nayuka Gorrie, Bhenji Ra and Lisy Kane.

It's been more than a year since the Weinstein revelations sparked the #timesup movement. While there have been positive shifts in culture, there is still much work that needs to be done. Our panel of women & nonbinary folk from film and moving image culture will discuss what the tidal wave of popular feminism has achieved and where it needs to go next.


Vogue Dance Performance and Workshop featuring Bhenji Ra.

An all-ages, all-abilities workshop perfect for people interested in learning more about the dance style, ballroom culture, and how this influenced what we know as queer culture today.

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DJ sets featuring Santilla, Atong, Bhenji, Nayuka, DJ Gupster, and MzRizk, and grab a drink in a stunning space designed by Tszuj.

As well as...

5.15pm & 6pm Women Makers Tour of Screen Worlds

6–8pm Women & Non-Binary Gamers Club

6–10pm 30.10 Women of Australia, Dear Michelle and Butch screenings.

6.30–8.30pm The Proposal screening (additional charge applies)

6–10pm Joan Ross' VR work Did you ask the river?

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Buy a Pass for IWD + The Proposal

Panellists and guests

Santilla Chingaipe is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker based in Melbourne, Australia. She spent nearly a decade working for SBS World News which saw her report from across Africa and interview some of the continent’s most prominent leaders and she reported extensively on Australia’s diverse African communities. Her documentary work includes the landmark SBS program DATE MY RACE and BLACK AS ME which explores the perception of beauty and race in Australia. Her latest documentary series THIRD CULTURE KIDS premieres on ABC iView later this year. Santilla recently partnered with The Wheeler Centre to curate Australia’s first anti-racism festival, Not Racist, But... She writes regularly for The Saturday Paper and is a member of the federal government’s advisory group on Australia-Africa relations. Her work explores contemporary migration, cultural identities and politics.

Nayuka Gorrie is a Gunai/Kurnai, Gunditjmara, Wiradjuri and Yorta Yorta writer. Nayuka wrote and performed in Season 3 of Black Comedy and is currently writing a book of essays exploring colonialism. 

Leila Gurruwiwi is a cultural awareness advocate and mentor, as well as dabbling in some acting in award-winning ABC series Glitch and The Secret River and KAGE theatre production Team of Life. Leila has combined a successful media career, including 11 years as a reporter and newsreader on The Marngrook Footy Show, with community pursuits such as mentoring young girls in her former role in the Wirrpanda Foundation's Deadly Sista Girlz program and currently being a Indigenous Support Worker at the Pavillion School (a school for young people who have been disengaged or excluded from mainstream education) where she hopes to foster a sense of strong identity in Indigenous students who are disconnected from their family and community, and also throughout the school a strong knowledge and embracing of Indigenous culture.

Bhenji Ra is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice dance, choreography, video and installation. Her work is often concerned with the dissection of cultural theory and identity, centralising her own personal histories as a tool to reframe performance. With an emphasis on occupation and at times collective action, her work plays with the multiplicities of spectacle while offering offering strategies to resist western dance convention. She belongs to the collective Club Ate, alongside artist Justin Shoulder. She is the overall mother of the house of Slé, a western Sydney based community performance group belonging of queer-identifying Asia Pacific artists.

Atong Atem is an Ethiopian born, South Sudanese artist and writer living in Narrm/ Melbourne. Atem works primarily with photography and video to explore migrant narratives, postcolonial practices in the African diaspora and the exploration of identity through portraiture. She explores concepts of home and identity through a critical and sentimental lens and references the works of photographers Malick Sidibe and Seydou Keita and science fiction writers such as Octavia Butler as tools for navigating liminal spaces. Atem has exhibited her work across Australia, including MUMA Monash, Gertrude Contemporary, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and Internationally at Red Hook Labs in New York, Vogue Fashion Fair in Milan and Unseen Amsterdam art fair. She was the recipient of the inaugural National Gallery of Victoria and MECCA M-Power scholarship in 2018 as well as the Brisbane Powerhouse Melt Portrait Prize in 2017.

Lisy Kane is a videogames producer currently making waves in the industry. In 2017, Lisy was recognised by Forbes in its prestigious top 30 list: Forbes 30 Under 30 2017: Games. Ranked alongside the world’s best game makers, Lisy was the only Australian to make the who’s who of the global gaming industry. In 2014, Lisy joined forces with four other digital professionals to co-found Girl Geek Academy with a mission to teach 1 million women to get into tech and launch their own startups by 2025. Girl Geek Academy is behind Australia's first all-women hackathon, #SheHacks. Lisy’s gaming industry insights have seen her curate and produce sell-out events for the academy, including #SheMakesGames 2015 – Australia’s first all-women game-making day – which was such a hit it has been made an annual event.  The global spotlight is never far away from Lisy, whose work at Melbourne game development studio, League of Geeks, includes internationally-released title Armello (2015)

MzRizk is a Melbourne-based DJ, event curator and radio presenter, and is renowned for her ongoing contributions to Melbourne’s rich cultural and music landscape. Her many projects are a distinct blend of music knowledge, creative diversity and cultural and community engagement. She has supported artists such as Mos Def, Public Enemy, Jurassic 5 and many more. She has performed extensively both internationally and around Australia, including Glastonbury Music Festival, International Soul Summit, Groovin’ The Moo and Sugar Mountain Festival. She currently produces and hosts Boogie Beat Suite Radio on PBS 106.7FM every Tuesday from 11am.
MzRizk always delivers the hip hop, soul, funk, disco and global music goodness.

Sarah Guppy aka DJ Gupstar’s love for rock and pop records started at a very young age when she spent most of her childhood playing her dad’s rock’n’roll collection. Otherwise known as a music publicist and event curator, Gupstar holds down a Friday night fortnightly residency at the Corner Hotel, and plays regularly at the Northcote Social Club and The Fox Hotel specialising in rock’n’roll of all eras, soul, indie, RnB, disco, ‘80s hits and everything in between.

Tszuj - Mikaela Stafford and Carla Zimbler. A recently formed collective specialising in light-based installation, stage design and live animation. Tszuj marries sculptural form with projection mapping by saturating and automating static objects, transforming and repurposing space. Characteristically immersive and meditative, Tszuj is a dynamic, site responsive duo creating and curating impactful experiences across Australia and abroad. Mikaela’s installation and sculptural work is distinctively kinetic and positioned in situ to encase projection. These often curvilinear forms, suspended in space are made from a selection of semi-transparent materials resulting in surfaces which echo light. Mikaela has exhibited at experimental art festivals such as SOFT CENTRE, Melbourne Music Week and VIVID Sydney.Carla Zimbler responds to her environment through live animation to warp and wrap imagery across the site, shift boundaries and transform space. Utilising experimental projection mapping to bring surfaces to life and create intimate womb-like chambers to house organic, generative forms. Carla has most recently exhibited at Distortion Festival (DK), LungA Festival (ICE) and PACT Centre for emerging artists.