The World Premiere of the NT's own OUR VOICE OUR HEART - Screening with the WORLD PREMIERE of the short MÄRRMA WÄNGA
Special Guests Laurens Gould, Justin Grant and Jaxon De Santis from OUR VOICE, OUR HEART will be at the Cinema to present the film and meet the audience at an intimate post film Q&A.
OUR VOICE, OUR HEART - Jaxon and Justin are two First Nations men living in Darwin who realise that they don't know what to say about the upcoming referendum. In an effort to find their own voices and help Australians vote with meaning and purpose, the men embark on a journey across the country to engage with communities, activists, and politicians. Through their journey, Jaxon and Justin hope to inspire a national conversation about the importance of voting with knowledge and conviction, and to help all Australians find their own voices on this crucial issue.
MÄRRMA WÄNGA - Marrma Wanga follows former Olympic swimmer and acclaimed Australian Photographer Simon Upton on his journey into the remote Indigenous community of Milingimbi in East Arnhem Land.
A chance meeting between Simon and eco-conscious swimwear designer Liandra Gaykamangu, sparked this unique and beautiful collaboration who has strong familial and cultural ties to Milingimbi.
The pair created several stunning photographic essays in and around the community, one of which featured Liandra’s niece Tarlisa Gaykanmagu.
Tarlisa shares her dream to become a model. The film follows her from Milingimbi to Milan where she appears in the Bottega Veneta runway show. Where she also became the first Indigenous Australian model to ever walk at Milan Fashion Week, as she walks the runway alongside some of the world’s top runway models, Tarlisa’s dream becomes reality. In doing so, she hopes to inspire other young people to follow their dreams.
Simon’s vibrant visual dialogue helps us experience the warmth and energy of this remote location and the Yolngu people.
This is a love letter to the people of Milingimbi and a showcase of what can happen when people, cultures and ideas come together.