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Melbourne Women in Film Festival

Posted by Team APATA | Jan 28, 2021

The Melbourne Women in Film Festival Program for 2021 has launched this week.

More Than… MWFF is proud to present a program that showcases bold and socially relevant films and web series from gender diverse Australian, Aotearoa New Zealand and Pasifika filmmakers. With experiences online and in cinemas, MWFF celebrates its 5th edition cultivating a culture of equality and some exceptional filmmaking.

In cinemas

  • Opening with ‘Brazen Hussies’, a film encapsulating the revolutionary Australian Women’s Liberation Movement of the 70s
  • The Weather Diaries – Filmed over six years a mother’s concerns for her daughter in the shadow of twin threats – climate change and mass extinction.
  • Our Atoll Speaks: Ko Talatala Mai Tō Mātou Whenua – The  environmental knowledge of the people of an atoll in the Northern Group of the Cook Islands and what they have to teach us.
  • A plethora of Short Films too – Freshly Squeezed and Next Gen

Online Screening Highlights – [so many to choose from]

  • Ruahine: Stories in her Skin + Pasifika Stories: Taonga kiriata poto – Ruahine is the story of traditional moko kauae [chin tattoos] for Māori women, while Pasifika Stories is a mix of fiction, experimental filmmaking, and documentaries, Pasifika Shorts foreground events, stories, and wisdom previously buried as well as the strength of communities as they stand together against the ongoing impacts of colonialism. MWFF says “These incredible films remind us of not only the resilience of First Nation cultures and womxn, but also how we might learn from them to create a fairer and more sustainable future.”
  • Madeline McGrady’s 1983 film Welcome to Wee Waa – the first film to document black deaths in custody in Australia.
  • The Art, Life & the Future: Web Series a new and exciting medium that enables filmmakers to tell complex stories on the intimate scale of short films. The series in this program navigates complicated human interactions as an ever-changing landscape punctuated by the media we consume, and the cultures in which we live.

Honestly with this many fantastic stories and talent on show and livestream panels and workshops too, we can’t choose favourites, you really have to check out the program for yourself and fill up your calendar!


17-24 February 2021

See the full MWFF Program here



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