Film Screening THE LAST SURVIVOR 31st May @ Bella Union

Arts in Action invites you to its inaugural Social Action Film Night @ Bella Union with a screening of The Last Survivor, a character-based documentary that presents the stories of genocide Survivors and their struggle to make sense of tragedy by working to educate, motivate and promulgate a civic response to mass atrocity crimes. Following the lives of survivors of four different genocides and mass atrocities – The Holocaust, Rwanda, Darfur, and Congo – The Last Survivor presents a unique opportunity to learn from the lessons and mistakes of our past in order to have lasting social impact on how we act collectively in the face of similar issues today. BOOK ONLINE @ Bella Union

“Each Survivor’s story is one of triumph over trauma, and we hope that audiences respond to their courage and perseverance as much as we have. When we made the film, our objective was not to dwell on the tragedies of the past, but rather to understand how we can prevent atrocities in the future.” Michael Pertnoy, the film’s Co-Director

Having shot on location in five countries across four continents, the film asks its audience to consider genocide as an atrocity that has occurred on nearly every single continent and one that affects all of us as human beings. By presenting these stories of loss, survival, and hope side by side, the film highlights the commonalities these individuals share both as Survivors and, more broadly, as human beings.

“It is impossible not to be moved and inspired by what each of them has been able to accomplish despite the tragedies they have endured”

The screening coincides with Indigenous Remembrance Day (31st May) and to acknowledge Australia’s history of genocide, the event will open with an audio of the powerful and moving track ‘Land’ by Spoken Word Artist Joel McKerrow. Performance poet Sista Zai of the Stillwaters Storytelling Collective will also be there to perform a theme related poem created especially for this event.

Come along and witness stories of courage, survival and change and support the local organisations helping asylum seekers in our community. Representatives from Hotham Mission and The Asylum Seekers Resource Centre (ASRC), will be present to speak about the work they do to support refugees and how we can take action. Also find out what’s on during the upcoming Refugee Week in June including World Refugee Day Rally 17th June. Guest MC for the night is Tina Jensen of BOOK ONLINE @ Bella Union


WHEN: Thursday 31st May 2012
WHERE: Bella Union – Trades Hall Cnr Lygon St & Victoria Parade, Carlton (enter via Lygon St)
TIME: Doors open at 8pm film starts at 8.30pm
TICKETS: Presale: $12/$15 Door: $17/$20 Group Discount: $10 (6 or more) Tickets on sale @ Bella Union


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Arts in Action currently hosts a Social Action Film Night at Bella Union Trades Hall on the last Thursday of the month. The screening program showcases documentaries that serve to move, challenge and inspire social action. Films selected for this screening series aim to empower audiences with solutions and actions that we can all take to make a difference.