FEATURE FILMS

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MÁXIMA

6.30pm Thursday 24 October | Cinema Nova

An unlikely David and Goliath battle between an illiterate Peruvian grandmother fighting to protect her land and the world’s largest gold producer, Máxima is an inspiring, though at times incendiary film which takes us all the way to Washington DC, where we wait to see if justice will prevail. Join us for opening night celebrations after the film.


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CITY DREAMERS

6.15pm Friday 25 October | Cinema Nova

Meet some of the most celebrated women architects of our time. Although pioneers of creating socially just societies and paving the way for modern urban development and planning as we know it, they’ve had to fight for recognition – and a place a table – along the way.


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SWARM SEASON

8.45pm Friday 25 October | Cinema Nova

At times playing out like an entrancing dream-like sequence, this film captures a mother and daughter’s commitment to keeping a bee colony, probing us to think about out connection to our land now – and what this might look like in the future.


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QUEEN WITHOUT LAND

2.15pm Saturday 26 October | Cinema Nova

A love letter to a mother polar bear and her cubs filmed over four years, this nature documentary connects us to life in the Arctic – then, now and as envisaged into the future – as climate change ravages this beautiful archipelago and the lives and ecosystems which depend on it.


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MOSSVILLE: WHEN GREAT TREES FALL

5.15pm Saturday 26 October | Cinema Nova

If the ancestral land of your family – and the only home you’ve ever known – was suddenly contaminated by petrochemical waste, would you stay or would you go? The story of one man’s determination to remain with his roots – whatever the cost.


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the hottest august

8.30pm Saturday 26 October | Cinema Nova

Billed as the ‘Humans of New York’ approach to environmental documentary making, we gain a unique inside view into the opinions of everyday Americans trying to understand climate change – or not. From optimists to deniers to futurists, this film offers a lucid look at the backdrop to the ecological crisis taking place around us.


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ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD

12pm Sunday 27 October | Cinema Nova

A special retrospective screening of the Academy-award nominated film by intrepid anthropologist and filmmaker Werner Herzog, which takes us to the Antarctic in search of the scientists who have fled modern life to study our planet in a bid to save it. This film screens as part of the ‘Herzog Then and Now’ screening with Herzog’s new film, Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin.


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NOMAD: IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF BRUCE CHATWIN

2.15pm Sunday 27 October | Cinema Nova

A love letter to his ‘kindred spirit’, Bruce Chatwin, Nomad sees director and explorer Werner Herzog traverse Patagonia, Wales and the Australian Outback, examining the connections between humans and their landscapes through the lens of his famed adventurer and writer friend. This film screens as part of the Herzog Then and Now screening with Herzog’s 2007 film, Encounters at the End of the World.


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THE TIME OF FORESTS (LE TEMPS DES FORETS)

5.15pm Sunday 27 October | Cinema Nova

With 80% of France’s forests now kept for factories rather than as natural habitats, this film charts the rise of the foresters fighting back – demanding an end to the destructive forces exploiting their labour – and the forests they once loved working in.


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MA’OHI NUI, in the heart of the ocean my country lies

8.15pm Sunday 27 October | Cinema Nova

Part-documentary, part-visual poetry, this dream-like film captures the impacts of the colonial past, decades of nuclear testing by the French in the Polynesian archipelago, and the Indigenous community’s commitment to rebuilding their lands, lives and identities.


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THIS MOUNTAIN LIFE

6.15pm Tuesday 29 October | Cinema Nova

Delving into the spiritual connection between human and mountain, this film captures an inspiring mother-daughter trek through the stunning but formidable Coast Mountains in British Columbia, Canada, to Alaska – marking the first female duo to achieve this remarkable feat. Hear firsthand from the filmmaker, Canadian Grant Baldwin, with a special post-screening Q&A.


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GRIT

8.45pm Tuesday 29 October | Cinema Nova

In 2006, a catastrophic mud tsunami erupted in East Java, believed to be caused by drilling for natural gas. Some 13 years later it still continues to flow – and is expected to do so until 2030. But what about the 60,000 people displaced by this devastating event? Meet Dian – then just six years old when the tsunami began, and now a teenager – who has spent most of her life campaigning for justice and compensation for her family and her community. A sadly familiar but incredibly inspiring story of everyday communities battling corporate power in the thick of extreme environmental exploitation.


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TITIXE

6.45pm Wednesday 30 November | Palace Westgarth Cinema

As a Mexican family grieves the loss of their patriarch, they are also determined to farm the family land one last time. But what happens when Indigenous agricultural practices are lost, in a country which has forsaken its origins? This film will be followed by a panel discussing local Indigenous connections to country and the importance of sharing agricultural practices across the generations.


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INTO THE JUNGLE

6.45pm Friday 1 November | Palace Westgarth Cinema

How do you going about saving one of the world’s most endangered species in one of the planet’s most remote regions? Enter Melbourne zookeepers and conservationist couple Jim and Jean Thomas, who quickly learnt that protecting human welfare was key to saving the Tenkile tree kangaroo in the Torricelli Mountains of Papua New Guinea! An uplifting celebration of the human connections and shared commitment required to protect our fragile world, this film will be followed by a Q&A with Jim and Jean, and closing night celebrations.