Winda Film Festival

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Angelique and Charlie
Photograph: Supplied Angelique and Charlie

Indigenous filmmakers from across Australia and the world gather for this weekend festival

Indigenous stories from around the world will screen as Winda Film Festival returns for a third year. Shorts and feature films from Australia, Canada, the USA, New Zealand, Greenland, Norway, Venezuela, Peru and India are all part of the program.

Opening the festival is the Australian premier of Canadian film Falls Around Her, written, directed and starring First Nations Canadian women, about a famous musician who returns to her home community only to find that her fame follows her home. Prolific Canadian First Nations actor Tantoo Cardinal, who has been in more than 120 films and television shows over her 40-year career, including Legends of the Fall, Dances With Wolves and Westworld, will attend the screening and give anacting masterclass during the festival. 

Another highlight is Canadian film Angelique's Isle. Set during the Lake Superior Copper Rush of 1845, it recounts the true story of a 17-year-old Anishinaabe woman who must heed her shaman grandmother’s messages in order to survive the harsh winter, as her husband succumbs to the power of the Windigo, the cannibal spirit. 

Screenings will take place at Event Cinemas George Street except for the free closing night event, which will be at an open-air cinema in Barangaroo. Akornatsinniitut – Tarratta Nunaanni’(Among Us – In the Land of Our Shadows), a sci-fi adventure for all ages that draws upon Greenlandic culture, myth, folklore and legends. 


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