Film Festivals and Screenings coming up in Melbourne
Melbourne Women In Film Festival (February 21 - February 24)
The Melbourne Women In Film Festival (MWFF) is having it’s third festival this weekend. We are excited to catch Black Panther Woman on closing night. Directed by Rachel Perkins, this documentary follows Marlene Cummins and her story with the Australian Black Panther Party and it’s charismatic leader, Denis Walker. Forty years later, Cummins tells of the abuse she suffered in the protest party.
MWFF also has a great lineup of short film sessions, and we recommend their Freshly Squeezed Shorts session because of the Victorian premiere of Docked. A young South Sudanese aspiring actress works late nights at a bar, where she meets an older guy at a crisis point in his life. As they spend the night walking and talking around Melbourne, these two people from different worlds find an unlikely connection. Docked is written and directed by Melbourne-based Australian Solomon Islander, Amie Batalibasi, and the short film is inspired by “mumblecore” films of the 90’s.
Check out the rest of the MWFF program here.
Transitions Film Festival (February 21 - March 8)
The Transitions Film Festival showcases documentaries about innovative and revolutionary ideas, and the change-makers who are implementing these ideas for a better world. We are excited for Burkinabe Rising, which has its Australian premiere at the festival. This film follows the artists, musicians and activists in Burkina Faso and their creative nonviolent resistance. The director, Iora Lee, travelled to Burkina Faso in 2016 and profiles people who carry on the country's artistic tradition to spread messages of resistance.
We are also excited to see Ranger to Ranger, a documentary that follows the journey of nine Indigenous Australian rangers as they travel to Kenya to share knowledge, culture and music with a tribe of Maasai rangers.
Check out the rest of the Transitions Film Festival program here.
The ReelGood Film Festival (March 2)
The ReelGood Film Festival features 34 short films from Australia's upcoming filmmakers. Look out for All These Creatures, a drama starring Ethiopian-born and Melbourne-based Yared Scott. An adolescent boy attempts to untangle his memories of a mysterious infestation, the unravelling of his father, and the little creatures inside us all. All These Creatures won the Short Film Palme d'Or at Cannes in 2018.
Check out the rest of the ReelGood lineup here.
Melbourne Queer Film Festival (March 14 - March 25)
Rafiki returns to Melbourne audiences as part of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival (MQFF) program. Rafiki is a Kenyan drama about first love between two young women in Nairobi. The two women go on secret dates and fall in love, which puts them at risk of being caught and punished in their conservative community. Rafiki has won many awards and is a festival favourite around the globe, but it remains banned in Kenya.
Another session not to be missed is the Queer First Nations Shorts. There are also some great feature films from Turtle Island (USA) that showcase African-American stories, including Night Comes On, When The Beat Drops, and Shakedown.
Check out the rest of the MQFF program here.