The First Nations Film Festival is here! This is what you need to watch

The First Nations Film Festival will run from July 2 to July 31, 2023
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NAIDOC Week (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) 2023 follows the theme of ‘For Our Elders’ to honour and celebrate all they have done for the community and families.

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Elders’ “tenacity and strength” have carried Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through the stolen generation. Now Indigenous and non-Indigenous alike come together to honour them.

“The equality that we continue to fight for is found in their fight,” the National NAIDOC Committee said in a statement revealing this year’s theme.

“Their tenacity and strength has carried the survival of our people. It is their influence, and through their learnings that we must that when it comes to future decision making for our people, there is nothing about us, without us.”

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There are a number of documentaries, movies and television shows which education people on the story of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

And with the vote regarding Indigenous Voice to Parliament happening this year, there is no better time to education yourself. But what is on offer?

We Are Still Here is available to stream on Netflix. (Credit: Supplied)

The First Nations Film Festival will run from July 2 to July 31, 2023, to showcase six new feature films, a collection of short films and a special live Q&A session to honour First Nations artists and filmmakers.

The festival will also feature stories of Indigenous dancers, ancestral rites and the journey of Aboriginal community leaders.

One film in particular, The Grey Line will tell the story of Helen Dwyer, who suffered intergenerational trauma and was raised by a non-Indigenous foster family after being a member of Stolen Generation.

Alick and Albert is available to stream on Stan. (Credit: Supplied)

The First Nations short films and Q&A will be held on July 5 with proud First Nations actor James Williams as moderator, Director of Social Justice and Regional Engagement at The Fred Hollows Foundation Jaki Adams and The Grey Line producer Kayah Wills.

Netflix is also offering a ‘First Nations Forever’ page to its members and features 37 films focusing on Indigenous Australian stories. Among the collection include The Last Daughters, Preppers, The Warriors and children’s programs Little J & Big Cuz, Barrumbi Kids and We Are Still Here.

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This article originally appeared on our sister site, TV WEEK.

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