Presented by BIRRARANGGA Film Festival
Firestarter – The Story of Bangarra | Opening Night film + afterparty
Thu 11 Mar 2021
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Bangarra is a Wiradjuri word which means “to make fire”.
Firestarter marks Bangarra Dance Theatre’s 30th anniversary. Taking us through Bangarra’s birth and spectacular growth, the film recognises Bangarra’s founders and tells the story of how three young Aboriginal brothers — Stephen, David and Russell Page — turned the newly born dance group into a First Nations cultural powerhouse. Through the eyes of the brothers and company alumni, Firestarter explores the loss and reclaiming of culture, the burden of intergenerational trauma, and – crucially – the power of art as a messenger for social change and healing.
Pre-screening short film: El Color Negro
Director: Andy Hodgson | USA | 2020 | 3 mins
There is so much more to the colour black than a shade on a spectrum. In fact, black is not a colour, no. It’s a shade in the same category as white. Andy Hodgson's creative exploration of the meaning of BLACK will be screened before Firestarter.