After the Apology - movie screening

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ACWA invites you to a screening of ‘After the Apology’ at Palace Central Cinema at 6.00pm on Monday, 23rd July. We are also honoured to also have Professor Larissa Behrendt, who as the Writer and Director of ‘After The Apology’ will speak and introduce this screening.

The rate of Indigenous child removal has increased at an exponential rate since Prime Minister Kevin Rudd delivered the apology to the ‘stolen generations’ in 2008.

Hazel started GMAR (Grandmothers Against Removal) as a response to the rising rates of child removal, and along the way she has been joined by families across Australia in the battle to bring the kids home. Together they are not only taking on the system, they are changing it.

As Professor Larissa Behrendt has said: "I want the audience to feel for the people whose stories we hear. I want them to understand what underlying issues are leading to the epidemic rates of child removal. I want them to be angry, ask how can this be happening today and know they can help Aboriginal people and their organisations to make a difference. After The Apology is a call to arms."

‘After the Apology’ - Movie Synopsis

Four Aboriginal grannies each face their own battle to challenge government policies to bring their grandkids home. Their grassroots actions spearhead a national conversation to curb the skyrocketing rates of child removal.

Suellyn thought FACS would only remove children in extreme cases until her own grandchildren were taken in the middle of the night. Hazel decided to take on FACS after her fourth grandchild was taken into state care. Jen Swan expected to continue to care for her grandchildren but she was deemed unsuitable by FACS, a shock not just to her but to her sister, Deb who was, at the time, a FACS worker.

Professor Larissa Behrendt

Prof. Larissa Behrendt is a Eualeyai/Kamillaroi woman. She is the Professor of Law and Director of Research at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the University of Technology, Sydney.

She is admitted to the Supreme Court of the ACT and NSW as a barrister.Larissa is a Land Commissioner at the Land and Environment Court and the Alternate Chair of the Serious Offenders Review Board, a member of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia and a founding member of the Australian Academy of Law.

She is the Chair of the Humanities and Creative Arts panel of the Australian Research Council College of Experts. She is the author of several books on Indigenous legal issues. She won the 2002 David Uniapon Award and a 2005 Commonwealth WriterÕs Prize for her novel Home.

Her latest novel, Legacy, is due for release in October this year. Larissa is a Board Member of the Museum of Contemporary Art, a board member of Tranby Aboriginal College and a Director of the Bangarra Dance Theatre. She was named as 2009 NAIDOC Person of the Year.