Free talk and screening of never-before-seen scenes of the upcoming documentary ‘Ablaze’.
‘Ablaze’ is a feature documentary in the process of being made that tells the astonishing story of the first Aboriginal filmmaker William Bill Onus. In it, his grandson and co-director, opera singer Tiriki Onus seeks to solve the mystery surrounding a 70-year-old silent film recently discovered inside a vault, believed to be made by Bill, which recorded the birth of the Aboriginal civil rights movement in 1946. ‘Ablaze’ also traces the yet untold story of how a handful of passionate activists stood up against government racial policies intent on destroying First Nations languages, cultures and communities and how they changed the course of history.
Alec Morgan, co-director of ‘Ablaze’, will talk about the making of the documentary and screen never-before-seen scenes.
Phil Duncan, a Gomeroi/Wiradjuri man and Aboriginal cultural Training Coordinator at Macquarie University, will talk on the importance of understanding the past and how that knowledge can inspire today’s activism for human rights and social justice.
Joel Clark, Indigenous Rights Advocate
Light refreshments will be provided.