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  • Palace Westgarth Cinemas 89 High St Northcote VIC 3070 Australia (map)

“A film that lifts from the ruins a lost language that smells of damp earth, ancestral times and also hardships.”  – Butaca Ancha

6.45pm – 8.50pm | Wednesday 30 October | Palace Westgarth Cinema


Tania Hernandez Velasco | Mexico | 2018 | 63 mins

What do we all stand to lose when connection to land and agricultural techniques handed down over thousands of years are threatened to disappear?

This intimate, moving film captures the last attempt of a Mexican family to cultivate their land following the death of a beloved patriarch, in a country which has forsaken its rural origins.

A rich portrait of the impacts of ‘progress’, Titixe explores the impacts of climate change on ancient agricultural techniques, and of the tragic loss of embodied knowledge and what that means for those left behind. The impacts of hope and grief ripple throughout, highlighting the deep interconnections between people and place.

This screening will be followed by a discussion on local Indigenous connections to country and the importance of sharing agricultural practices across generations.

This film will also screen with Australian short film, Firekeepers of Kakadu.

Adult $20.50 | Concession $17.50 + booking fee


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

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Rachael Hocking - Journalist

This session will be hosted by Rachael Hocking, a Warlpiri woman with roots in the Tanami Desert of the Northern Territory. She has been a reporter and presenter for NITV since 2015, and currently co-hosts its flagship show The Point. In 2019 she joined the board for the Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma (Asia Pacific). In her spare time Rachael volunteers on Aboriginal music show ‘Still Here’ for community radio station 3RRR in Melbourne and freelances as an occasional speaker and moderator. In 2018 Rachael was named a Rising Star at the B&T Women in Media awards, and she was part of the NITV team awarded the NSW Kennedy Award for Outstanding Indigenous Affairs Reporting. Rachael is an intersectional feminist who is passionate about Aboriginal women’s rights, language revival and social justice.

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Aunty Annette Xiberras - Wurundjeri Wio wurrung Elder and Founder and MD Urban Colours

Wurundjeri Woiwurrung Elder, Aunty Annette, has been working in the field of Aboriginal cultural heritage for over 30 years. She was amongst the first cohort of Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Officers employed by Aboriginal Affairs Victoria (circa 1988). Aunty Annette is particularly passionate about the repatriation of Aboriginal remains. She was amongst the first Aboriginal women in Australia to oversee Aboriginal reburials and has been active in the reburial of Wurundjeri Woi wurrung remains during the last 30 years. Aunty Annette is the Founder and Managing Director of Urban Colours, a professional cultural heritage and flora and fauna management planning and advisory company which has been working on Country and beyond since 2006.

Aunty Annette is passionate about a range of social justice issues and has been involved in numerous advocacy and human rights campaigns.


Uncle Ron Marks - Indigenous Elder and Owner/Manager Wergaia Industries

Uncle Ron Marks is an Indigenous Elder and educator, currently based in the Wimmera region. Initially working in primary and secondary education, Uncle Ron has held many senior leadership and board positions for a variety of Aboriginal, not for profit and government organisations, including in Halls Gap, where he was the first staff member and inaugural chair of the Brambuk Cultural Centre. He has worked as an Aboriginal Youth Officer at MADEC in Mildura and as a Community Development Officer for the Adelaide City Council. More recently he has held senior education and tourism positions at the Barengi Gadjin Aboriginal Land Council, and at the Little Desert Nature Lodge in Nhill. Uncle Ron is currently the owner/manager of Wergaia Industries in Horsham, consulting on local projects in order to share more than 40,000 years of Aboriginal culture. 


This screening will be introduced by City of Darebin Mayor Susan Rennie. Uncle Bill Nicholson will deliver a Welcome to Country.

This session was made possible with the support of City of Darebin.

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

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 31