Meet the Panel – Breaking the Chains

The advance preview screening of BREAKING THE CHAINS will be followed by a filmmaker Q and A and panel discussion with an extraordinary line up of with guest experts.

Screening Details:
Tuesday 29th October 2013
Time: 7.30pm (Doors open 6.30pm)
Venue: Bella Union Trades Hall
Address: Cnr Lygon St & Victoria Pde Carlton
Tickets: $12/$15 +BF Online $17/$20 Door
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Harry Minas

Harry Minas is Director of the Centre for International Mental Health, University of Melbourne. His work focuses on mental health in low and middle-income countries and in post-disaster and post-conflict settings, as well as on asylum seekers and refugees in Australia. Throughout this work a focus on human rights is at the core. With his Indonesian colleagues he has been working for a number of years specifically on the issue of restraint and confinement of people with mental illness. This has included advising the Provincial Government of Aceh and the Ministry of Health, Indonesia, on the development of provincial and national programs to eliminate this form of human rights abuse.

Erminia ColucciErminia Colucci’s
interest in culture began during her undergraduate studies in Italy, continuing through her Postgraduate studies and fieldwork in Indonesia, Australia, Italy, U.K., India, Philippines and Japan. She uses photography and ethnographic film-documentary to research and visually (re)present issues that she also explores in her writing as a scholar in Cultural/Global mental health (Centre for International Mental Health, The University of Melbourne).

Her films and photos have been shown in Italy, Australia, Uruguay, Greece, Canada, U.K. and Switzerland. Erminia is also the founder and festival director of Aperture, the first Asia Pacific International Ethnographic Documentary Festival (21-23rd November 2013, Melbourne), and has recently co-curated the arts exhibition by suicide survivors “Inspired lives”.

Ben RinuadoBen Rinaudo is passionate about social justice, engaging in advocacy and addressing local issues and global challenges. Ben is a Peer Participation Program Worker with Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria’s Consumer Participation Services, and Victorian State Coordinator of Well Ways MI Recovery, a national peer education program. Ben is also Producer of the ‘Brainwaves’ community mental health awareness radio program which airs weekly on 3CR.

He has been a peer mentor with the Personal Helpers & Mentors program (PHaMs). Ben holds a Bachelor  Degree in International & Community Development from La Trobe University and is a Returned Australian Youth Ambassador for Development. He has volunteered in Africa and the Pacific Islands. Ben has an advisory role on MI Fellowship’s CALD Project Oversight Committee working on improvement of provision and access of mental health services to people living in Australia from Culturally & Linguistically Diverse backgrounds.

Dr Fincina Hopgood Dr Fincina HopgoodSessional Lecturer in Screen Studies, School of Culture & Communication, The University of Melbourne

Fincina teaches Human Rights on Screen, a Masters subject which looks at a range of feature and documentary films dealing with human rights issues. She has served on the juries for the United Nations Association of Australia Media Peace Awards and the Human Rights Arts & Film Festival Awards. Fincina is also a freelance writer on film and for six years she was an editor of the online film journal Senses of Cinema

Fincina’s PhD thesis examined representations of mental illness in several feature films from Australia and New Zealand. She is continuing her research in this field and is co-convenor of the symposium Try Walking in My Shoes: Empathy and Portrayals of Mental Illness on Screen , which will be held at The Dax Centre on 13 & 14 February 2014.

Josef Szwarc Josef Szwarc has worked in social policy research and human rights advocacy in a variety of governmental and civil society contexts.

He is currently Manager of the Research and Policy Program at the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture and a member of the Board of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission.


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