7IIFF 9th Edition, 2014

February 26-30, 2013
The First Australians (2008) Directed by Rachel Perkins
Australian / Documentary / 2008 Rachel Perkins
The series comprises seven episodes in which it explores what unfolded when the oldest living culture in the world was confronted by the British Empire. It explores the lives of particular individuals and uses their stories as a vehicle to explain the larger situations of the time. It explains violent aspects of European settlement of Australia, such as killings, battles, wars, as well as acts of friendship and decency between the early European settlers and Indigenous Australians. Indigenous Australian history has until recently been clouded by the "great Australian silence" where ignorance of the real history of Australia can be seen as a way for non-Indigenous to hide shame for their own history. In this respect it has been controversial in that many of these stories have not been portrayed on Australian television before and the Indigenous Australian perspective of European settlement is confrontational for many.
Part I - They Have Come to Stay  (1 hr. 10 min)
New South Wales (1788–1824)
The arrival of the First Fleet in Sydney in 1788. Curious of each other, friendships form, but relations between the two races soon sour as settlers spread out across the land. Focuses on the relationship between Bennelong and Governor Arthur Phillip, as well as the lives of Pemulwuy, William Dawes and Patyegarang, and Windradyne.
Part II - Her Will to Survive (52 min)
Tasmania (1803–1880)
The land grab moves south to Tasmania. In an effort to protect real estate prices, Tasmanian Aboriginal people are removed from the island. The Government enlists an Englishman for the job, who is helped by a young Aboriginal woman Truganini.
Part III - Freedom For Our Lifetime (52 min)
Victoria (1860–1890)
The threat of extinction hovers over the first Australians of Victoria after the city of Melbourne is founded. Follows the establishment of mission stations in Victoria such as Coranderrk. Explores the lives of Wurundjeri clan leaders Simon Wonga and William Barak.
Part IV - There Is No Other Law (52 min)
Central Australia (1878-1847)
Explores the history of white settlement in Central Australia and the stories of homicidal police officer Constable Willshire, as he brings mayhem to the Arrernte nation. Authorities turn a blind eye before the telegraph operator Frank Gillen stops him.
Part V - Unhealthy Government Experiment (52 min)
Western Australia (1897–1937)
European settlement spreads to Western Australia and is met with much conflict as explored through the stories of Jandamarra. The Stolen Generations is explored through the stories of Chief Protector of Aborigines A. O. Neville and many children including Gladys Gilligan and many others.
Part VI - Strength to Stand a Long Time (52 min)
South-east Australia (1937–1967)
Chronicles the beginnings of the Aboriginal rights movement, as explored through Yorta Yorta man, William Cooper and his foundation of the Australian Aborigines League in 1933. Also explores the Maralinga nuclear bomb tests in the 1950s and the life of AFL footballer Douglas Nicholls.
Part VII - We Are No Longer Shadows (52 min)
Queensland & Torres Strait Islands (1967–1992)
Explores the story of Eddie Koiki Mabo and Aboriginal land rights in the late 20th century, and the high court overturn of the legal fiction of terra nullius which characterised Australian law with regards to land and title.
Awards & Nominations
2009: AFI Award
2009: Logie Award
2009: New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards
2009: Australian Directors Guild Awards
2009: Australian Writers' Guild Award
2009: Deadly Awards
The Tracker (2002) Directed by Rolf De Heer
1 hr. 40min / Australia / Feature  / 2002 Rolf De Heer
It's 1922; somewhere in Australia. When a Native Australian man is accused of murdering a white woman, three white men (The Fanatic, The Follower and The Veteran) are given the mission of capturing him with the help of an experienced Native Australian (The Tracker). So they start their quest in the outback, not knowing that their inner wrestles against and for racism will be more dangerous that the actual hunting for the accused.

Awards & Nominations
Best Feature Film (2002 Lexus IF Awards)
Best actor (Yalumba IF Award)
Best music (BMG IF Award)
Best picture, best director, best original screenplay, best editing, best music, best cinematography (2002 Australian Film Critics Awards)
Best film, best actor, best music score, best cinematography (2002 Film Critics Circle of Australia)
First Contact - I (1982-83) Directed by Bob Connolly & Robin Anderson
54 min / Australia / Documentary / 1982 – 83 Bob Conolly Robin Anderson
This documentary presents footage of the first contact between the highland tribes of Papua New Guinea, and European explorers. In the 1930s three Australian's, Michael, Daniel and James Leahy were the first white people to venture into the vast New Guinean interior. They searched for gold and found 1 million highland tribes people who had previously had no contact with the outside world. Amazingly, they took a film camera with them.

Awards & Nominations
Academy Awards, USA 1984
Chicago International Film Festival 1982
I Loved You So Much (2009) Script writer & Directed by Orhan Tekeoglu
1 hr. 40 min / Turky / Feature  / 2009 Orhan Tekeoglu
During the 1990s, two strong winds blew from Russia to Trabzon… The first brought the radiation from Chernobyl, and the second brought Russian women, so called “Nataşa”s… Battered by these two winds, Trabzon would never be the same again… As Russian women who first showed their faces with the fury of shuttle trading became a center of attraction for men, things went for the worse; marriages were ruined, lives turned into nightmares… The men of Trabzon, known for their courage in the face of hardships, contentious and bold, couldn’t keep their eyes off the beautiful women of this beautiful race, who looked more like participants in a beauty contest…

Award & Nominations
Awarded with "World Cinema Bridges" at the 4th Peloponnesian Corinthean International Film Festival, held in Corinth, Greece on 11-16 December.

The film "I Loved You So Much" was separately aired at the 43rd International Kiev Film Festival and on the "Women Across The Borders" program held at the Pera Museum of International Organization for Migration.

The film was first aired on September 27 in Trabzon, Turkey. The movie is about a tragic love story between Russian girl Olga and Turkish boy Cemal.
Trash (2013) Directed by Nicole Albarelli
20 min. / UK / Documentary / 2013 Nicole Albarelli
A beautifully bleak countryside trailer park. Soft spoken, 16 year old Lottie lives in cramped, dirty trailer but does all that she can to mentally transport herself away to a self created world populated by her books and dolls. Trash reveals Lottie's last few days at tolerating her innocent life soiled by the degradation that surrounds her. We follow Lottie as she deals with her abusive parents, junkie neighbors, her hopeless situation, but today is different. Today Lottie decides to take drastic measures in order to break free. Short film Trash delivers up a stark and atmospheric glimpse at innocence in a world of torment and contamination.

Award & Nominations
(The film entered by “The Film Festival Doctor”, UK)
Radiance Burn Baby Burn (1998) Directed by Rachel Perkins
1 hr. 30min / Australia / Feature  / 1998 Rachel Perkins
Three sisters reunite after some years apart, for their mother’s funeral. Cressy (Rachael Maza), the eldest of the three, is a diva - an opera singer who is reluctant to visit the past and definitely doesn’t want to share it with her sisters. Mae (Trisha Morton-Thomas), has stayed behind looking after mum, and believes that Cressy hasn’t shared enough. Nona (Deborah Mailman), the youngest and the party girl, just wants them to all be one happy family. She may even help grow the family if her pregnancy test is accurate … Deep and dark family secrets and personal conflicts start to unravel, but not all is gloom.

Award & Nominations
Australian Film Institute
Australian Screen Sound Guild
Canberra International Film Festival
Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards
Melbourne International Film Festival
Picture Perfect (2012) Directed by Irina Izmesteiva
30 min. / UK / Documentary / 2012 Irina Izmesteiva
To the outside world, Daniel is just another grumpy old man waiting to meet his Maker. His sister Muriel's efforts to get him out into the world lead them to a car boot sale, and he surprises her with a particularly unappealing purchase that reminds him of his childhood, and a lost love. In the privacy of his own house, Daniel learns that the grungy item hanging on his wall is much, much more than he could have expected or hoped for, and as it transforms, so does he.

Award & Nominations
The Best Director award at the Kharkov Lilac Film Festival.
The film entered by “The Film Festival Doctor”, UK
Joe Leahy's Neighbours (1989) Directed by Bob Connolly & Robin Anderson
1 hr. 30min / Australia / Documentary / 1989 Bob Conolly Robin Anderson
This film is the followup of First Contact. It traces the fortunes of Joe Leahy, the mixed-race son of Australian explorer Michael Leahy, in his uneasy relationship with his tribal neighbors. Joe built his coffee plantation on land bought from the Ganiga in the mid 1970s. European educated, raised in the highlands of Papua, freed by his mixed race from the entanglements of tribal obligation, Joe leads a Western lifestyle governed by individualism and the pursuit of affluence.

Awards & Nominations
Grand Prix, Cinema du Reel, Paris
Earthwatch Award
Best Documentary, Australian Film Institute Awards
Best Documentary, Australian Film Critics Circle
Award of Excellence, Society for Visual Anthropology
Basil Wright Prize, Best Documentary, Royal Anthropological Institute
Grand Prix, Festival d Aurillac
Black Harvest (1992) Directed by Bob Connolly & Robin Anderson
1 hr. 30min / Australia / Documentary / 1992
Bob Conolly Robin Anderson
Black Harvest, the final film in the Highlands Trilogy, charts the progress of Joe Leahy in convincing the Ganiga tribes people to join him in a coffee growing venture. He provides the money and the expertise; they supply the land and labor. But on the eve of success, the world coffee price collapses and tribal warfare erupts in the valley. Always suspect because of his mixed-race status, Joe is in deep trouble with the tribes people when his promises of riches fail to materialize. As he organizes to emigrate with his family to Australia, he is a saddened man with an uncertain future.

Awards & Nominations
Grand Prix, Cinema du Reel, Paris
Best Documentary, Australian Film Institute Awards
Basil Wright Prize - Best Documentary, Royal Anthropological Institute
Best in Category, San Francisco FF Golden Gate Awards
Best Documentary, Sydney Film Festival
Robert Flaherty Grand Prize, Yamagata Int. Documentary Festival
Best Documentary, Hawaian Film Festival
Best Documentary, Vancouver Film Festival
Best Documentary, Los Angeles Association of Film Critic
Best Documentary, Australian Film Critics Circle
Special Jury Award, Audience Award - Best Documentary
Amsterdam Documentary Festival
Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival, 1993
Ten Canoes (2006) Directed by Rolf De Heer
1 hr. 30min / Australia / Feature  / 2006 Rolf De Heer
A story within a story. In Australia's Northern Territory, a man tells us one of the stories of his people and his land. It's a story of an older man, Minygululu, who has three wives and realizes that his younger brother Dayindi may try to steal away the youngest wife. So, over a few days and several trips to hunt and gather, Minygululu tells Dayindi a story set in the time of their ancestors when a stranger came to the village and disrupted the lives of a serious man named Ridjimiraril, his three wives, and his younger brother Yeeralparil who had no wife and liked to visit his youngest sister-in-law. Through stories, can values be taught and balance achieved?

Awards & Nominations
Australian Film Institute 2006
Cannes Film Festival 2006
Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards 2006
Ghent International Film Festival 2006
IF Awards 2006
Mar del Plata Film Festival 2007
NatFilm Festival 2007
Satellite Awards 2007
Samson and Delilah (2013) Directed by VV Brown and Jessica Hughes
17 min. / UK / Documentary / 2013
Robin Anderson Jessica Hughes
Samson & Delilah is compiled of scenes, which together form a continuous story mirroring that of the bible, yet separately exist as videos for the songs. In May and August we presented you with the videos for the songs ‘Samson’ and ‘The Apple’. After reading the biblical story of the same name, VV drew inspiration from it for both the film (which she co-produced and co-directed) and the album, which both focus on the idea of strength and weakness. Shot in black and white, the visuals are incredibly striking, in particular, the breathtaking landscapes and performances.

The film entered by “The Film Festival Doctor”, UK
Bran Nue Dae (2009) Directed by Rachel Perkins
1 hr. 22 min / Australia / Feature  / 2009 Rachel Perkins
In the Summer of 1969 a young man is filled with the life of the idyllic old pearling port Broome - fishing, hanging out with his mates and his girl. However his mother returns him to the religious mission for further schooling. After being punished for an act of youthful rebellion, he runs away from the mission on a journey that ultimately leads him back home.

Award & Nominations
Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2010
Australian Directors Guild 2010
Australian Film Institute 2010
Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards 2011
IF Awards 2010
Melbourne International Film Festival 2009
Indian Aussies (2013) Directed by Anupam Sharma
8 min. / Australian / Documentary / 2013 Anupam Sharma
A tongue in cheek look at Indian Australians across the spectrum. From identity to racism, from maintaining their roots to assimilation, and of course Cricket. This short documentary deals with everything
Sea Change (2012) Directed by Marinella Setti
23 min. / UK / Documentary / 2012 Marinella Setti
Carol Stewart, an English teacher at a special needs school, is in despair. She always wanted to make a difference, but who is she kidding? She hasn't got it in her. Locked in the school at the end of her last day, an encounter with a mysterious stranger gives her the opportunity to review her life.

The film entered by “The Film Festival Doctor”, UK
Bad Boy Bubby (1993) Directed by Rolf De Heer
1 hr. 50 min / Australia / Feature  / 1993 Rolf De Heer
Bubby has spent thirty years trapped in the same small room, tricked by his mother. One day, he manages to escape, and, deranged and naive in equal measures, his adventure into modern life begins.

Awards & Nominations
Australian Film Institute 1994
Seattle International Film Festival 1994
Valenciennes International Festival of Action and Adventure Films 1995
Venice Film Festival 1993
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