Spanish Film Festival 2019,Part 1: The Realm,Tremors,Champions,Crime Wave, Rojo

这是一个令人兴奋的季节在悉尼,with multiple festivals concurrently keeping us entertained from April to the end of June.First up is one of my favourites,theSpanish Film Festival.I bought a pass to see 10 films,mostly from Latin America and half by non-Indigenous,non-Afro women directors.We have a long way to go with stories reflecting the writing and direction of minorities.The festival has,however,included stories with disabled,queer and/or other ethnic minorities as protagonists.Those are the films I've predominantly chosen.The rest are political stories.Today,I bring you the first of two posts reviewing films from an intersectionality perspective.The festival began in Sydney on 16 April and ends 8 May,before travelling to all metropolitan cities.

Let's take a look at the political thriller,The Realm,which sweeped this year's Goya Awards (the ‘Spanish Oscars').Tremorsis the compelling but distressing story of a devoutly religious gay man from Guatemala.Championsis a highly successful Spanish movie featuring an ensemble cast of disabled actors playing a famous basketball team.Crime Wavetakes a serious premise (an emotionally abusive man is murdered) and turns it into a cascading set of comedic deaths.Yikes!Finally,another political drama,Rojo,swells from the early days of the devastating Argentinean coup.The players ponder: under which local conditions do national tyrants rise?The answer is from ordinary towns,where people are too polite to notice men arguing and boys "disappearing."

Central Park Mall,where Palace Cinemas Central and Platinum is hosting the Festival

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Visual my188betSociology for December 2018

Visual my188betsociology for December 2018!I bring you back some of the final sights frommy secondent to the Central Coast.We delve into the political and health upheavals in South Africa from the past half-century.  We then mosey over to the zoo,on a super hot day,and see that elephants know how to throw a good water party!

‘We are breastfeeding friendly'

I loved this sticker at a cafe in The Entrace,Central Coast of New South wales!2 December 2018.

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We Have All the Time for Diversity

Disfruta – our visual my188betsociology of October-November 2018.

Unemployed philosophers

Our backup career has been taken by The Unemployed Philosophers Guild.1 October 2018.

We have all the time for…

The Bank,a local pub in Newtown,New South Wales,greets everyone with respect.Except racists,sexists,transphobes,direspectuful people and dickheads.Useful policy for our weary days.2 October 2018.Continue readingWe Have All the Time for Diversity

Art and About

With handmade goodies,llamas in Newtown,a Mexican mural,and weird commemorative plates,this visual my188betsociology for September 2018 is a doozey!Let's start with the highlight John Mawarndjul's work.

Highlight: John Mawurndjul,Lorrkkon 1985-2008

John Mawurndjul,Lorrkkon (1985-2008).These are ceremonial logs that have been hollowed out and painted to honour the dead.22 September

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Don't Ever Forget Where You Come From

Our visual my188betsociology for August 2018 gives us the gift of union-inspired art,130 years of contemporary works and a blue zebra.

State of the Union

Exhibition at the Ian Potter Museum of Art,about student and workers' industrial action (mostly at Melbourne University and local industrial rights movements).Very interesting look at social protest and solidarity across groups.Banner art has been a staple element of the union movement,but eventually waned.The artform rose once more in the 1980s.One of the quotes is by Melbourne Union alumni,Christos Tsiolkas,who was the first in his Greek migrant family to graduate from university.His uncle pointed out that his working class labour made the university buildings possible.He warned his soon-to-be successful nephew,‘Don't ever forget where you come from.' 9 August

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Vivid Festival 2018 and Other Delights

The Vivid Festival,which lights up the streets of Sydney over June,is a big feature for this month's visual my188betsociology for June-July 2018.We marvel at the wonder of an enchanted Cinderella-esque my188betSociology of Trolleys.We meet a cool watermelon and other creatures along the way.The highlight of the past two months isDark Emu.Guess who had front row tickets to this vanguard work by Bangarra Dance Theatre?

Dark Emu

Based on Bruce Pascoe's wonderful and important research into Australia's pre-history – the agrarian and aquaculture innovation by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people prior to invasion is the focus of this beautiful dance performance.

"This work cultivates a physical and visceral response to Uncle Bruce Pascoe's book and our deep Australian knowledge.Whether we embrace it or not,we are this country – we are of the land,the water,the stars & the dark in between.As Australians awaken from a kind of collective amnesia,these are stories,ideas and practices we should all be able to access,learn from and respect… I feel like Australia is ready….Dark Emu is a sense that we are part of something greater."– Yolande Brown,co-choreographer.

"We're told every day that the world is falling apart around us,but maybe if we just gripped onto something that was there before all this,it would ground us a little.Dark Emu reminds us to take a breath and cling to our piece of land."– Daniel Riley,co-choreographer.

You must experience this work.The choreography and music are stellar.The dancers carry large props to phenomenal effect – from large rocks,to wood that is rearranged into shelter for the women and later fences to entramp them.A dizzying sequence centres on blow flies representing the contempt of the colonisers for the traditional custodians and their land,which they tried to destroy.

Played in Sydney until 14 July then touring nationally.

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The Heroes We Deserve

A handmade market,existential my188betsociology of trolleys,new superheros for the ages – Blackie Blackie Brown and El Jalapeño – plus lots more for the visual my188betsociology of May 2018!

Finders Keepers

Gorgeous afternoon at the Finders Keepers market!Bought lots of handmade goodies from these women makers.5 May

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Sydney Writers Festival: "My Feminism Will Be Intersectional Or It Will Be Bullshit"

The Sydney Writers Festival had wonderful speakers for the panel,"My Feminism Will Be Intersectional Or It Will Be Bullshit".This panel doubled as a podcast recording forPretty For an Aboriginal,facilitated by hostNakkiah Lui(her podcast co-host Miranda Tapsell was in Darwin starring in a new film!).Guests were novellistZinzi Clemmons,authorAminatou Sow,poet Cleo Wade and editor and author Glory Edim.

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Dialogue of the Titans

I attended Dialogue of the Titans with Prof Megan Davis and former High Court Justice Michael Kirby.Hosted by the University of New South Wales Pro Vice Chancellor Indigenous."A dialogue between two extraordinary human rights defenders on holding a United Nations Human Rights Mandate."An excellent event looking at the work of the United Nations as well as the practicalities (terrible travel conditions for all volunteers,which especially restrict members from developing nations).

There was also discussion of why Australia does not have a bill of rights (terrible).Plus why it's a problem that Australia rejected the Uluru Statement,the outcome of consultation led by,and with,Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people around Australia,which recommended a voice to parliament.Most nations with Indigenous populations have a version of this mechanism that ensures Indigenous people can comment on laws before they're passed.

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