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  • Cinema Nova 380 Lygon Street Carlton, VIC, 3053 Australia (map)

5.15pm | Saturday 26 October | Cinema Nova


Alexander John Glustrom | USA, South Africa | 2019 | 75 minutes

Australian Premier

Best Feature Documentary - Ranier Independent Film Festival 2019 (USA)

David Carr Award For Truth In Non-Fiction Filmmaking – Montclair Film Festival 2019 (USA)

When the only place you have every called home is poisoned – do you stay, or do you go?

In a small Louisiana town, petrochemical industries purchase cheap surrounding real estate, contaminating the land of the once thriving, centuries-old black community.

One by one, family by family, Mossville’s citizens have abandoned their ancestral home as it became uninhabitable. Everyone except for Stacey Ryan. Surrounded by a toxic wasteland and isolated from resources and community, Stacey practices sheer resilience against oppressive industry and refuses to let the deadly link between racial and environmental injustice prevail – despite the devastating toil this has taken on his health, his family and his community.

This film will screen with a short film made by 3000acres thanks to EFFA's Community Storytelling Project, made possible with the support of Bank Australia.

Adult $20.50 | Concession $17.50 + booking fee


This screening will be followed by a discussion with the following panellists.

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Matt Ross - Digital Editor, Dumbo Feather

This session will be hosted by Matt Ross, Digital Editor at Dumbo Feather. Matt loves words and enjoys the challenge of putting them together in an order that makes people feel. He was the peculiar boy who took a notepad on holiday writing down observations of a new and exciting environment, he still travels with a notepad. He’s found a spiritual home amongst the word loving storytelling folk at Dumbo Feather.

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Hope Mathumbu - Public Health and Community Development Professional

Hope Mathumbu is a Queer Black South African born woman, who has lived and worked on the sovereign lands of the Kulin Nation since 2003. Her writing was recently published in the Anthology Growing Up African in Australia. Her work in public health, radio, arts and various other community development sectors is driven by her belief in the Black African humanist philosophy of Ubuntu.


Misha Coleman - Executive Director, Global Health Alliance Australia

Misha has significant experience in leadership roles in global health in government and the not-for-profit sector, with post-graduate qualifications in international development, women’s health, community development, monitoring and evaluation, project design and management, governance and compliance.

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Bronya Lipski - Lawyer, Environmental Justice Australia

Bronya works with communities around Australia who live near and are fighting against the health and environmental impacts of coal-fired power stations, mostly in NSW and the Latrobe Valley, Victoria where she is from. Bronya specialises in air pollution and coal ash law, but practises generally in the pollution law space in Victoria including in waste to energy, chemical fires, and law and policy reform matters.

Thanks to all EFFA 2019 partners for their generous supporting in making this year’s festival possible, including major partner, Bank Australia, government partner, City of Darebin, and supporting partner Monash University.

Earlier Event: October 26
Later Event: October 26