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“Shot with poetic grandeur and packed with stiring political heft… Grit is sure to be the great eco doc of the year...” – POV Magazine

8.30pm | Tuesday 29 October | Cinema Nova


Cynthia Wade & Sasha Friedlander | Indonesia & United States | 2018 | 80 mins

Australia Premier

Winner Best International Documentary – Ecozine International Film & Environment

Festival 2019

Winner Excellence in Documentary Production Jury Award – Ashland International Film

Festival 2019

Award Winner – Colorado International Activism Film Festival 2019

In 2006, a toxic mud tsunami erupted in East Java caused by drilling for natural gas, burying dozens of villages and displacing 60,000 people, including 6-year-old Dian.

Some 13 years later, the mud tsunami continues to flow, and the fight for wide-spread compensation – and for answers – continues.

Grit centres its narrative on Dian – now a teenager – and her formidable political activism. Lobbying on behalf of her local village, Dian fights to hold government and industry responsible for the mudflow, which is expected to continue until 2030.

Grit is an impactful rendition of civic political uprising against corporate power in the thick of extreme environmental exploitation.

This screening was made possible with the generous support of Monash University.


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

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 29
Later Event: October 30