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Best Of Documentary 1 – 2019

The 1st of two programmes featuring the best of International & Australian Documentary short films in competition.

International & Australian filmmakers battle it out for the prestigious Academy® accredited award for Best Documentary Short Film.

Screening: Tue 15 Jan, 4.30pm | Duration: 112 min | Classification: under 15 yrs to be w/adult

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  • Through The Window

    Through the Window is an animation inspired by Nas Campanella, a 29-year-old Triple J newsreader who has been blind since six months of age.
    WORLD PREMIERE

  • Prisoner Of Society

    An intimate journey into the world and mind of a young transgender woman, locked away from the outside world for the past decade, trapped between her personal desire for freedom and traditional expectations of her parents that threaten their unity.
    AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE

  • Juck (Thrust)

    A hybrid between documentary, dance and fiction. The film depicts the all female dance group JUCK who made a name for themselves with a video that became a viral hit all over the world. The word “juck” is Swedish for “hump” and their groundbreaking appearance pushed the boundaries for how we are used to seeing the female body. JUCK questions the positions of object and subject. They provoke, inspire and break norms. The film poses the question: what is femininity?
    AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE

  • The Darkroom

    A photographer wrestles with raw emotions and a void in his life after his brother passes away violently. His emotional anguish does not prohibit him from bringing something positive out of the experience. Captured across Iceland and Australia this exploratory documentary art piece shows a journey both mental and physical.
    WORLD PREMIERE

  • The Unconditional

    An unflinching look into the lives of two undiagnosed special needs kids and their parents as they grow older with no answers in sight.
    AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE

  • Barbara

    Since Kevin Rudd’s apology to the Stolen generation in 2008 the number of Indigenous in out of home care in Australia has risen from 9,000 to over 16,000. Noongar woman Barbara was caring for her grandchildren when in 2013 her daughter Tiara was taken from school by welfare workers and returned to Queensland. At no time did FACS’ alert Barbara to any issues regarding Tiara’s welfare. Barbara fought for the next seven months to have her returned to her care. With the help of Grandmothers Against Removal (GMAR) Barbara won her case but knows there are possible long term consequences. “I can’t say that the time she was in FACS hasn’t changed her because it has. And I just hope that over time, we can help her deal with all the things she has to deal with. Sometimes I think that it’s too much for one little child.”
    AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE

  • Hamama & Caluna

    The two young friends Hamama and Caluna have left everything behind to flee their home country and ended up stranded in a camp in northern Italy. One day, they decide to cross the closed border into Switzerland under cover of darkness by going over the Alps.
    AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE

  • Hula Girl

    Hula Girl is the untold story behind one of the biggest fads in modern American history. At 94 years of age, Joan Anderson has waited 60 years to prove that “a gentleman’s handshake ” was hardly a deal and it’s time to set the record straight.