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Makuru Film Festival 2017 - FREE Film Screenings in Perth

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To celebrate and recognise Reconciliation Week, the City of Canning is hosting a FREE film festival over 3 evenings this May.

All are welcome to come along and enjoy these special family-friendly events, which will take place at Canning Town Hall.

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) runs annually from 27 May to 3 June. These dates mark two milestones in Australia's reconciliation journey: The 1967 referendum and the historic Mabo decision, respectively.

The theme for this year is 'Let's Take the Next Steps' and the Makuru Film Festival 2017 program features:

  • Saturday 27 May 2017: Opening Night - Bran Nue Day

    Bran Nue Dae is a 2009 Australian musical comedy-drama film directed by Rachel Perkins and written by Perkins and Reg Cribb. A feature film adaptation of the 1990 stage musical Bran Nue Dae by Jimmy Chi, the film tells the story of the coming of age of an Aboriginal Australian teenager on a road trip in the late 1960s.

    Opening night will also feature a Welcome to Country, Aboriginal dance performance and delicious bush tucker!

    Monday 29 May 2017: Coolbaroo Club

    This hour-long documentary gives an astonishing insight into the life of an East Perth dance club—the Coolbaroo Club—run by the Nyoongar Aboriginal community and for all Aboriginal people and their (few) white supporters between 1946 and 1960.

  • Wednesday 31 May 2017: Mabo

    Mabo tells the story of one of Australia's national heroes - Eddie Koiki Mabo, the Torres Strait Islander who left school at age 15, yet spearheaded the High Court challenge that overthrew the fiction of terra nullius.

    All screenings will take place at 6pm with FREE popcorn and drinks available for guests.

    Bookings are essential; click the links above to secure your seats.

    For more information on this exciting cultural event in Perth, please visit the City of Canning website.

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    When: Saturday 27th, Monday 29th & Wednesday 31st May 2017
    Where: Canning Town Hall - Corner Albany Highway and George Street West, Cannington
    Cost: Free
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