WILD SPACES FILM FESTIVAL 2005 NATIONAL PROGRAM LAUNCH

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WILD SPACES FILM FESTIVAL 2005 NATIONAL PROGRAM LAUNCH

8th Sept - 22nd Sept 

The 9th National Wild Spaces Film Festival has unveiled an exciting program of International and local films that are sure to inspire and entertain audiences across the country. 19 short films, animations and documentaries have been selected from over a hundred entries to screen nationally in over 20 regional centres and capital cities during the month of September. From Alice Springs to Denmark, Stawell to Atherton, Wild Spaces is touring around Australia, screening a program of inspire and inform.

From struggles for self determination in Burma, stories of survival from women in Afghanistan post-Taliban, incredibly candid interviews with factory workers in China, kids in remote Aboriginal communities building bikes from recycled materials, marginalised communities resisting a global giant over natural resources in India and the response to the drive for industrialised fishing practices in a small community in Nova Scotia, Canada, this year's program is diverse and powerful. The 2005 program features films that are not only well-crafted and innovative but also delve into some fascinating complex issues facing communities around the globe and within Australia. “Mardis Gras: Made in China” is one of several feature length documentaries to screen this year. The film takes a fascinating approach to worker's rights by follwowing the production, consumption and disposal of Mardis Gras beads from Fuzhon, China to New Orleans, USA. The Chinese factory workers view footage of where the products they make end up – in this case, it's plastic beads for the Mardi Gras in New Orleans, meanwhile the wearers of the beads are confronted to see footage of where and under what kind of conditions the beads were made.

It is the intention of the organisers to provide an experience for the Wild Spaces audience that goes further than just providing an opportunity for passive involvement in issues the films portray. We aim to inspire our audience into action and awareness: for people to see themselves as part of the solution to the current environmental and social issues that we face.

Festival Coordinator, Shelley Waterhouse, said today “We're excited to be able to present such a high calibre program of powerful films that are sure to appeal to a broad audience with an apetite for inspirational and meaningful films.”

Check out "http://www.wildspaces.foe.org.au/" www.wildspaces.foe.org.au for a full program, dates and session times in your area.

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WILD SPACES FILM FESTIVAL 2005 NATIONAL TOUR 8th Sept - 22nd Sept

Wild Spaces is Australia’s only national film festival focused entirely on environmental, social justice and human rights issues. The festival will be screening around Australia throughout September, showcasing a broad range of documentaries, short films and animations. Wild Spaces is a new media forum that is uncensored and committed to screening films that explore and depict real people from around the world, the issues they face, and the work they are doing to build stronger communities and a healthier planet. For more details about the program and locations please check out the website at www.wildspaces.foe.org.au

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WILD SPACES FILM FESTIVAL 2005 NATIONAL TOUR

Wild Spaces is Australia’s only environmental and social justice film festival. It screens a broad program of local, national and international films, and aims to inform and inspire audiences through the films. The festival is screening from the 8th Sept to 22nd Sept around Australia at Adelaide, Alice Springs, Armidale, Atherton, Ballarat, Benidgo, Brisbane, Blue Mountains, Bunbury, Castlemaine, Coffs Harbour, Darwin, Denmark, Fremantle, Hobart, Maleny, Melbourne, Mildura, Newcastle, Sunshine Coast, Stawell, Sydney, Tamworth.

From struggles for self determination in Burma, stories of survival from women in Afghanistan post-Taliban, incredibly candid interviews with factory workers in China, kids in remote Aboriginal communities building bikes from recycled materials, marginalised communities resisting a global giant over natural resources in India and the response to the drive for industrialised fishing practices in a small community in Nova Scotia, Canada, this year's program is diverse and powerful.

It is the intention of the organisers to provide an experience for the Wild Spaces audience that goes further than just providing an opportunity for passive involvement in issues the films portray. We aim to inspire our audience into action and awareness: for people to see themselves as part of the solution to the current environmental and social issues that we face. This year we intend to create a festival which is more positive and open to a diverse audience, and build closer connections within the film, arts and cultural community. The festival is largely organised by volunteers, and provides an opportunity for people to develop skills in event organisation and management, as well as networking with other groups and organizations with similar values.

Wild Spaces Film Festival 2005 is presented and organised by co- ordinators in Brisbane as a FoEA projuect. Friends of the Earth Australia (FoEA) is a not for profit federation of local groups working towards positive social change through community participation.

If you have any queries about the festival or our application for sponsorship, please contact Wild Spaces by email at wildspaces@foe.org.au or by phone on (07) 3846 5793. Our mailing address is PO Box 5702, West End, QLD, 4101.

Wild Spaces is Australia's only national film festival focused entirely on environmental, social justice and human rights issues. The festival will be screening around Australia in September 2005 showcasing a broad range of documentaries, animations and short films. Check out our website for information on films and locations: www.wildspaces.foe.org.au

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