It’s only a day away! Tomorrow I will have the pleasure of presenting The Last Survivor, an inspiring documentary that for me represents everything that the Social Action Film Night hopes to achieve – awareness and action through engaging in stories of change. The example is set by the Survivors themselves, who despite living through atrocities most of us can not even begin to comprehend, have found meaning and purpose in their lives by becoming activists, allies and advocates, standing up for current situations and trying to prevent the same horrors happening to others. After bravely and honestly sharing their life stories and inviting you into their losses and healing, they offer a chance and a choice to do something with it, just as they have.
We too can become their allies and advocate for change through the many options that will be presented on the night, both through the film and in the presentations from Hotham Mission and ASRC, two organisations who have a deep understanding of the issues facing refugees and work tirelessly to advocate for their rights while offering practical support through the difficult resettlement process. Being aware of their work, listening to their story and finding out from them what we CAN DO (and then doing it) makes the IMPACT. “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” — Dr. Seuss, The Lorax
The evening will launch with a short spoken word set with performances by 3 of Melbourne’s top artists, Joel Mckerrow, Sista Zai and Abe Ape. Their work deeply resonates with me and their heart arresting poetry demonstrates the power of art as a form of activism.
So please join me in welcoming these wonderful guests and be part of the ACTION by coming along to Bella Union tomorrow night May 31st @ 8pm Cnr Lygon St and Victoria Parade, Carlton. Tickets are available online (concession $12, full $15 and group discount $10) or at the door (concession $17 full $20).
Finally please check out the Melbourne Weekly Times write up of The Last Survivor screening by Daniel Paproth. Very grateful to Daniel for the feature and for taking an interest in Arts in Action and the film!
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