Presented by BIRRARANGGA Film Festival
A Boy Called Piano – The Story of Fa’amoana John Luafutu
The remarkable story of Fa’amoana’s time as a state ward in the 1960s and the intergenerational impacts of these experiences.
Growing from the long-term collaboration with Fa’amoana Luafutu and the Luafutu Aiga, the film blends dramatised sequences inspired by the play A Boy Called Piano – written by Fa’amoana John Luafutu & Tom McCrory, alongside powerful interviews and beautiful aerial and underwater photography – translating Nina Nawalowalo’s celebrated visual storytelling to the screen for the first time. The Conch has been honoured to walk alongside Fa’amoana and the Luafutu Aiga as they courageously bring their untold story into the light, with the kaupapa of connecting directly with survivors – and illuminating the survivor experience in wider society.
Pre-screening short film: Honour to Senator Murray Sinclair (2021)
As the Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Senator Murray Sinclair was a key figure in raising global awareness of the atrocities of Canada’s residential school system.
Directed by Alanis Obomsawin | Country: Canada | 29 minutes
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