Cinema Under the Stars for Reconciliation Week

Published on 21 May 2019

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This National Reconciliation Week, MidCoast Council is proud to be hosting a series of Cinema Under the Stars events showcasing the brilliant film ‘Teach a Man to Fish’.

Written and directed by local filmmaker Grant Leigh Saunders, Teach a Man to Fish is an autobiographical piece about Grant’s life, focusing on the importance of family and how his culture and ties to his country called him home.

Grant is a member of the Saunders family, his father Ray a prominent local Biripi man and renowned fisherman, and the film is a beautiful representation of their family history, the local fishing industry, politics, and connection to country.

Having been a finalist in the Australian Documentary Prize at the Sydney Film Festival in 2018, Teach a Man to Fish is a must-see for locals and MidCoast Council’s team is honoured to be able to show it as part of their Reconciliation Week activities.

“National Reconciliation Week is the perfect platform to share Grant’s incredible film again and really highlight different aspects of Aboriginal culture, particularly on a local level,” said Lyndie Hepple, Council’s Coordinator of Community Strengthening.

“It’s a great opportunity to bring the community together to acknowledge the past and our progress to date, and will hopefully spark conversations about the meaning of Reconciliation Week and the part we all play.”

The theme for National Reconciliation Week 2019 is ‘Grounded in Truth: Walk Together with Courage’. Reconciliation Australia’s Chief Executive Officer, Karen Mundine, said it’s ultimately about relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians and the need for it to be grounded in truth.

Teach a Man to Fish had the MidCoast talking in 2018 when it was shown at the Manning Entertainment Centre and will no doubt reignite interest and understanding of Aboriginal culture across the region following the three showings this month.

Reconciliation Week Cinema Under the Stars events are being held from 5:30pm at Fotheringham Park Taree on Wednesday 29 May, Billabong Park Gloucester on Thursday 30 May and John Wright Park Tuncurry on Friday 31 May.

These are family friendly, alcohol free events and everyone attending is encouraged to bring a chair, picnic blanket and rug along.

“These will be great events for the whole community. MidCoast Council has a long history of taking part in National Reconciliation Week and we really value its purpose towards strengthening relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples,” added Lyndie.

There is no need to book or RSVP, simply turn up and find your spot under the stars. In the instance of wet weather, check Council’s Facebook Page for an alternative venue.