THE BAULKHAM HILLS AFRICAN LADIES TROUPE recently had its World Premiere screening at the Sydney International Film Festival and will screen at the Melbourne International Film Festival in August. In Sydney it received a standing ovation, was voted in the top 5 audience favourites for Australian documentaries, and garnered incredible audience reactions including from two of Australia’s most important filmmakers:
Dr George Miller – Director of Mad Max: Fury Road "This film inspires in two important ways - art is at its best when it allows catharsis through storytelling and a nation is at its best when it provides a refuge for humanity to heal and flourish".
Gillian Armstrong – Director of Oscar and Lucinda "The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe documentary is an overwhelming emotional experience. The journey of these extraordinary women is heartrending, heartfelt and ultimately uplifting.
What courage they all show. This is a must see, these are our refugees. Thank you Ros Horin for making it."
We could not have reached that milestone without the generosity of the individuals and foundations that have supported us along the way.
So what next? Well we are now in phase 2 of fundraising to help achieve our ambitious social change objectives around the film. We believe this film can be an important tool to help change attitudes, deepen understanding and build empathy amongst front line community services towards women who have experienced violence and trauma, particularly refugee women, and we hope and believe that the film will empower women to break the silence that so often exists around sexual assault.
The incredible response from audiences affirms the importance of the wider Baulkham Hills African Ladies project and the role the film can play in assisting victims of trauma and abuse and in advocating to policy makers about the power of art to both heal trauma and build social cohesion.
Please us help reach our goal.
Thank you, Ros Horin