July 3 10:00 am
Special Events | 2021 | Documentary Double
Two films that showcase the power of Australian documentary in telling less-common stories. While on the surface these films seem very different, they share a common interest in their concerns with issues of environment and community. Whether the concerns are environmental, political, or spiritual, both films find importance in the worlds in which we all live and the ways in which we choose to live.
UNDER A PAGAN SKY
Directed by Helen Browning
In a time when western culture has lost its sense of transcendence, dramatic rituals celebrating the turning of the season and the mysteries of sex, death and human existence provide deeply meaningful experiences to Pagans in Australia.
But there are great challenges inherent in practising this nature-based religion south of the equator.
Australia is Aboriginal sacred country. It is a vast continent with distinctly different seasons and ecosystems to those of the Northern Hemisphere.
In Under A Pagan Sky, Druids and Witches navigate these challenges to experience the sacredness of Mother Earth through community and ritual.
CRY OF THE FORESTS – A WESTERN AUSTRALIAN STORY
Directed by Jane Hammond
Western Australia’s south-west forests are part of one of the most biodiverse regions of the planet and are recognised for their ability to capture and store carbon.
They are vital to slowing runaway climate change yet instead of preserving them, they are cut them down at an alarming rate for charcoal, firewood and woodchips.
Forests play a crucial role in the water cycle but the streams that once bubbled through these ecological communities are drying up and the critical habitat they provide for endangered species is shrinking.
Cry of the Forests takes viewers to the heart of the forests to see first-hand the beauty of these towering ecosystems and the life they support.
Meet the activists armed with go-pros and dressed in camouflage gear risking their lives to bear witness to the logging and the traditional custodians, tourist operators and farmers on the frontline of the battle to protect our forests.