Festival Guests Coming to SWIFF’23 This Weekend

This coming weekend at SWIFF’23 is back-to-back guests across all three venues – here are some of the faces you can expect to see giving Q&As, performances, and enjoying SWIFF’23. 

Kicking things off with a bang on Saturday, dancer and documentary subject Patrix will be joining us for a Q&A and live performance after the screening of Keep Stepping at Bellingen Memorial Hall, and again at CHEC Theatre on Sunday after the afternoon screening of the film. 

After Keep Stepping, see the heartfelt documentary Watandar, My Countryman from Jolyon Hoff, and hear from the director and the documentary’s subject, Musafar Ali, all about the fascinating journey that brought Musafar here from Afghanistan, and his efforts to bring his friends and colleagues to Australia since Afghanistan was handed back to the Taliban. Catch a second Q&A screening of Watandar, My Countryman on Sunday at JMT. 

Activist, environmentalist, and former leader of the Australian Greens Party, Bob Brown will be joining us at the festival for two Q&A sessions after his film The Giants, both of which have sold out. Lucky ticketholders are in for a real treat. 

Jolyon Hoff and Musafar Ali 

On Sunday at JMT, settle in for a fascinating panel discussion after the screening of stunningly restored Ningla-A-Na, documenting the historic Aboriginal Tent Embassy. Key leaders of the protest include Gumbaynggirr elders  and activists Uncle Gary Foley and Uncle Gary Williams, and we will be joined by artist and activist Uncle Gary Williams, and local Gumbaynggirr artist Birrugan Dunn-Velasco for the screening. 

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