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As Worlds Divide

  • ACMI Federation Square, Flinders Street Melbourne Australia (map)

Dir. Rob Henry | Australia | 2017 | 87 mins

Following the global financial crisis in 2008, Melbourne-based Rob Henry seeks out a new lifestyle and arrives to the tropical islands of Mentawai, Indonesia, where he finds himself immersed between two contrasting local villages.

Rob invites us on this radical journey where, over the course of six years, he befriends locals at a nearby coconut farming village, and gradually becomes acculturated to the Indonesian modern-day and, later, Indigenous ways. Rob becomes immersed in the ‘Arat Sabulungun’ way of life, learning the ancient cultural traditions and rituals of an untouched Indigenous community living deep in the forests of the Siberut island, living in symbiosis with the surrounding habitat.

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Join filmmaker Rob Henry for an audience Q&A after the screening, moderated by Dr Alexander Cullen from University of Melbourne.

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As Worlds Divide will screen with Australian short film Beeing Kept (6 mins) directed by Eve Byers.

EFFA Community Storytelling Project short film by Young Storyteller Hillary Montague will also premiere at this screening.

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  Rob Henry Filmmaker   Rob Henry is an independent filmmaker with a passion for social justice and human rights. Born in Australia, he recently completed his feature-length Producing/Directing debut with ‘As Worlds Divide‘, which he began creating in 2008. As part of this project Rob has founded the Indigenous Education Foundation, which empowers displaced indigenous communities to develop and sustain their own educational solutions.

Rob Henry
Filmmaker

Rob Henry is an independent filmmaker with a passion for social justice and human rights. Born in Australia, he recently completed his feature-length Producing/Directing debut with ‘As Worlds Divide‘, which he began creating in 2008. As part of this project Rob has founded the Indigenous Education Foundation, which empowers displaced indigenous communities to develop and sustain their own educational solutions.

  Dr Alexander Cullen University of Melbourne Moderator   Dr Alexander Cullen is a Human Geographer at the University of Melbourne. He has worked examining the conflicts at the interface between conservation, development and local livelihoods in Timor-Leste for over 10 years. His current attention is directed towards documenting experiences of resistance music and national identity in Timor under Indonesian occupation.

Dr Alexander Cullen
University of Melbourne
Moderator

Dr Alexander Cullen is a Human Geographer at the University of Melbourne. He has worked examining the conflicts at the interface between conservation, development and local livelihoods in Timor-Leste for over 10 years. His current attention is directed towards documenting experiences of resistance music and national identity in Timor under Indonesian occupation.

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