Long Play Bar will screen short and feature length films by local artists from migrant backgrounds including Saidin Salkic, Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore, Christopher James White, Shejuti Hossain and Kate Oleinikov.
Following the screenings, the filmmakers will unpack their practice, challenges & highlights in a conversation led by Dorcas Utkovic, Producer & Host of OZ AFRICAN TV.
In The Can showcases diverse films by emerging and established filmmakers from emerging communities. The night will include 60 seconds fashion – film portrait, an interrogation into diversity within mainstream roles such as Life Saving, a true reflection of our multicultural society through the urban lens as well as navigating identity within conflicting cultures. The night will culminate in a long form that explores an emotional story of the rebirth of a human through cinematic image and sound.
THE ARRIVAL OF A PHOENIX BY SAIDIN SALKIC
From the ruins of his childhood, a phoenix arrives among the new aesthetics and rises from the water and sunshine. The film celebrates the relationship between cinematic image and sound. It attempts to examine this crucial relationship while telling an emotional story of the rebirth of a human.
Saidin Salkic was born in Srebrenica, Bosnia. He survived the genocide and arrived in Australia in 2001. Hailed by Bill Mousoulis as “One of the Australia’s best film makers currently” he is also a prolific painter, musician and a poet. Saidin is an author of 6 films to date and has been featured in many media outlets across the world, including SBS World News, CNN Balkans and many others.
HER SOUND HER STORY BY CLAUDIA SANGIORGI DALIMORE
Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore is a multitalented and highly acclaimed artist. She is a photographer, videographer, director, producer editor and dancer. In her recent body of work titled ‘Her Sound Her Story’ Claudia interrogates gender inequality as well as celebrates some of Australian women making strides in the music industry. She has also created music video clips for some of Australia’s iconic bands and musicians including Kaait, Cool Out Sun, MOJO JUJU Feat. Lay The Mystic, 360 and more.
SO ARE WE ALL BY CHRISTOPHER JAMES WHITE
‘So Are We All’ is directed and produced by Christopher. He calls his fashion film a ‘film portrait’. For him, it’s a moving photograph meant to capture an image and idea not a narrative story. He was inspired to create a fashion film that would showcase aesthetics and explore themes of masculinity, solitude, and purpose. He drew this inspiration from other fashion filmmakers both in Melbourne and across the world. He references Street Etiquette’s ‘Slumflower’ and Anthony Minghella’s ‘Fantastic Mr. Ripley’ as two of his inspirations.
Christopher James White is a poet, writer, illustrator, and filmmaker of African American and Indo-Caribbean descent. Through a combination of conversation and energetic performance his stories explore the passing of time, nostalgic pasts and imagined futures. These stories are drawn from his own life as well as the fabricated worlds of his childhood. They weave together themes of sonhood, masculinity, romantic love, and interpersonal struggle with images of science fiction futurism and transcendent mundanity. Having visited much of the world Christopher has settled here in Melbourne for the time being, anchored by its artistic scene and compassionate citizens. His work as a poet and illustrator has led him to filmmaking as an outlet for creating narrative images.
CREED BY SHEJUTI HOSSAIN
In the film, ‘Creed’, Nayel is optimistic about his abilities to perform at the soccer championships while observing Ramadan. Despite his expectations, he soon realises that his coach and soccer team are not on board. Nayel is forced to choose between his commitment to his faith and his game. ‘Creed’ has been selected for the International Shorts Film Festival, Joy House Film Festival and Satrangi Seven Colours Arts and Film Festival. It has also been accepted into the Melbourne City Independent Film Awards.
Shejuti was raised in Australia after immigrating from Bangladesh at a young age with her family. She has always been aware of the difficulties of forming an identity in an environment with two often conflicting cultures. This has become an area of interest for Shejuti and she has explored an aspect of it in her short film ‘Creed’.
AGAINST THE TIDE BY KATHERINE OLEINIKOV
Against the Tide is a heart-warming documentary about one of Australia’s first hijab wearing life guards. After her cousin tragically drowned, Jasmine Ouaida was determined to become a life guard, defying expectations on how the Australian icon was supposed to look.
Katherine Oleinikov is a Melbourne based filmmaker and video editor. She enjoys working on a variety of projects ranging from music clips (Tram Sessions), to informative television (She Shot TV, OZ AFRICAN TV), and online comedy (The Snake Pit, Young Love).
21 July 2018
6 – 8.30 PM
Long Play Bar
318 St Georges Rd Fitzroy North
FREE EVENT. Bookings essential via Eventbrite.
In The Can Film Showcase is presented as part of Emerge In Yarra 2018.