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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

8.45pm | Tuesday 29 October | Cinema Nova


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

Australia Premiere

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 believed to be 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 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 session will be introduced by Associate Professor Therese Davis, Director of the Bachelor of Media Communication at the School of Media, Film and Journalism at Monash University.


This screening will be followed by a discussion with the following panellist, with more panellists to be announced soon.

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Glenn Dunks - Writer, Film Critic

This session will be hosted by Glenn Dunks, a writer and film critic with over a decade of professional experience. He has won two Australian Film Critics Association Awards for his writing on Australian film and documentary and has served on FIPRESCI juries in San Francisco and Stockholm

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Victoria McKenzie-McHarg - Manager of Strategy & Planning, Bank Australia

Victoria McKenzie-McHarg is the Manager of Strategy and Planning at Bank Australia, and Chairperson of the Climate Action Network of Australia (CANA). Victoria is passionate about the power of collaborative leadership to create systemic social change, and has previously worked as the Climate Campaign Manager at the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) and Environment Victoria. Victoria is also an Advisory Board Member of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (MSSI) at the University of Melbourne, and a Steering Committee member of the Forrest Gateway to the Otways project.


Raymond Cas - Emeritus Professor, School of Earth Atmosphere and Environment, Monash University

Ray Cas is an Emeritus Professor in the School of Geosciences at Monash University, and a Visiting Professor at CODES, University of Tasmania. He is internationally well known in the field of physical volcanology, including understanding explosive and effusive eruption processes, transportation and dispersal processes of erupted products, the hazards posed by volcanic eruptions, and the natural resources that are produced by volcanoes. Ray's research interests are: physical volcanology, clastic sedimentology, dynamic processes in modern and ancient volcanic and volcano-sedimentary systems and collaborative industry research. 


Nina Araneta-Alana - Teaching Fellow and PhD Candidate, University of Melbourne Law School

Nina Araneta-Alana is a Teaching Fellow and PhD Candidate at the University of Melbourne Law School. Her research interests are in the fields of international environmental law and climate finance. Nina is a member of the Institute for International Law and the Humanities, and the Australian-German Climate and Energy College. She joined the Climate Reality training in Brisbane in June 2019. She serves as legal director of 2KK Tulong sa Kapwa Kapatid Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organisation that creates sustainable communities through the education and empowerment of underprivileged children and youth in the Philippines.

This screening was made possible with the support of the Environment and Media Research Program, Monash University School of Media, Film and Journalism.

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