Celebrating Indigenous Films: Top 6 picks at WINDA Film Festival

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“We’re thrilled to bring WINDA back for a fourth year,” said Festival Artistic Director Pauline Clague. “From thought provoking documentaries to dazzling depictions of Indigenous culture, this year’s program showcases powerful perspectives from cutting-edge Indigenous filmmakers across the globe.”

The 2019 Festival will screen:

  • 6 brand new full length features;
  • 5 thought-provoking documentaries;
  • as well as a witty Australian TV series; and
  • a jam-packed line-up of stellar shorts from 16 countries across the globe.

The Festival includes a series of scintillating special events: from a filmmaking masterclass with Vai producers Kerry Warkia and Kiel McNaughton, about the impact of producing Vai across the Pacific to several immersive VR experiences traversing themes of language, country and Indigenous futurism; and a series of animated shorts


Red Snow
 | 2019 | Canada | Australian Premiere | A thrilling survival drama about a Gwich’in soldier from the Canadian Arctic who is caught in an ambush in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Alongside a local Pashtun family, he is forced to run for his life across treacherous terrain in order to escape death.

Sgaawaay K’Luna: Edge of Knife 
| 2018 | Canada | A historical drama chronicling a man’s descent into madness after he accidentally kills his best friend’s son.

Kylyk khomus: Cursed Harp | 2019 | Russia | Australian Premiere | A surreal drama about a teacher whose world is turned upside down when her niece unexpectedly arrives on her doorstep after an accident.


Eating Up Easter | 2018 | Chile / USA | Australian Premiere | In a cinematic letter to his son, native Rapanui (Easter Island) filmmaker Sergio Mata’u Rapu explores the modern dilemma of their people, as they face the consequences of their rapidly developing home.

Ushui, La Luna y El Trueno | 2019 | Colombia | Australian Premiere | A fascinating look into the spiritual practices of the Wiwa people of the Nevada Desert and how, through the use of cameras, the tribe aims to spread their ancient message of conservationism.

screenshot-3.pngNot Just Numbers | 2019 | Australia |The inspirational story of a group of Indigenous Australian women’s mission to stop family violence in their communities. They are fighting to be seen, not just counted.



Friday 22 November – Tuesday 26 November, 2019
Locations:  Event Cinemas George Street, 505/525 George Street, Sydney
VR: UTS Building 1, Foyer at Library Pod, Barangaroo Reserve, Towns Place, Barangaroo
$40 Opening Night (incl. After Party);
$15 Feature Films;
$10 Shorts and Documentaries
Location: Friday 22 November – Tuesday 26 November, 2019

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