YIRRAMBOI is Australia’s premier First Nations arts and cultural festival. YIRRAMBOI means ‘tomorrow’ in the shared local languages of the Boonwurrung and Woiwurrung peoples. The Festival presents a future-focused celebration of the sophistication, diversity and continuous evolution of the longest living culture in the world.
Tue 11 May: Servant or Slave
Stolen from their families and forced into slave labour, five women draw on courage, strength and fortitude to pursue justice. Servant or Slave is a true story about the heartbreaking experiences of Rita Wright, Rita Wenberg, Violet West, Adelaide Wenberg and Valerie Linow. Theirs was a hard fight for personal retribution, and a pivotal one for the next generation.
Wed 12 May: Marked, Closed Doors, Between Two Lines and Transblack
In Marked, a young artist is tormented by evil spirits in the wake of his mother’s death.
Closed Doors is an abstract look at the process of grief and forgiveness in a time of loss, told through a young father’s thoughts as he moves through his own pain.
Set against a WWI backdrop, Between Two Lines explores the idea of what a conversation would be like between two enemy soldiers.
In Transblack, four larger than life personalities push the boundaries of social norms, but their day-to-day lives reveal more than a touch of adversity to overcome.
Thu 13 May: A Piece of Us, White Paper and Say Something
In A Piece of Us, the writer draws on his own loss experienced throughout his family life. It’s a glimpse into a storytelling method used to teach young people and help spirits heal.
White Paper is a documentary exploring mining greed by an Australian-owned company in Greenland, and its effect on ancient land, and the health of an entire community.
Say Something reflects discrimination against Blak peoples and the perpetrators who learn nothing.