Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka - M.A.D.E. : Human Rights Arts and Film Festival - Oct, Nov 2013

Australia's newest museum - M.A.D.E - launched 4 May! 


M.A.D.E for Movies

M.A.D.E and the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival present four award winning and thought provoking documentaries.



FRI 25th OCT 7.30pm
SUN 27th OCT 11.30am
SUN 3rd NOV 2pm

Director: Gini Reticker/ USA / 2008 / Documentary

Tribeca Film Festival ‐ Best Documentary Feature
Pray the Devil Back to Hell chronicles the remarkable story of the courageous Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country.

Thousands of women — ordinary mothers, grandmothers, aunts and daughters, both Christian and Muslim — came together to pray for peace and then staged a silent protest outside of the Presidential Palace.

A story of sacrifice, unity and transcendence, Pray the Devil Back to Hell honours the strength and perseverance of the women of Liberia. Inspiring, uplifting, and most of all motivating, it is a compelling testimony of how grassroots activism can alter the history of nations.

WORDS OF WITNESS (68 minutes)

SAT 26th OCT 7.30pm (one screening only)

We are pleased to announce this session will be introduction by
Ella McNeill - Director of Human Rights Arts and Film Festival. 

Director: Mai Iskander / Egypt and USA / 2012 / English and Arabic with English subtitles / Documentary

Berlinale, 2012, One World Film Festival, 2012 – Best of the Festival Jury Award

During the Egyptian uprising, social media was the weapon of choice for a new generation. In Words of Witness, filmmaker Mai Iskander follows Heba Afify, a budding online journalist reporting from the frontline of the revolution. Heba's attempts to report are continually compromised by the restrictions she faces as a young woman in Egyptian society – in particular, by her mother's incessant reminders that, whilst a journalist, she is above all 'a girl'. Exploring the personal and political in equal measure, Words of Witness is a timely glimpse into post-­revolution Egypt today.          


TAXI SISTER + RED WEDDING - 2 Documentaries combined as one session (1hr 45 including 15minute intermission)

SUN 27th OCT 1.30pm
SUN 27th OCT 5.00pm
FRI 1st NOV 7.30pm

TAXI SISTER (30 minutes)


Director: Theresa Traore Dahlberg / Senegal / 2011 / Wolof and French with English subtitles / Documentary
There are 15,000 taxi drivers in Senegal; only 15 of them are women. Taxi Sister follows one of them. As Boury speeds around Dakar transporting tourists and locals to their destinations, she must defend herself against the social taboos that define driving as a male profession. An energetic peek into urban West Africa, Taxi Sister revels in the solidarity of a small group of women as they accelerate change.

RED WEDDING (58 minutes)

Directors: Lida Chan & Guillaume Suon / Cambodia and France / 2012 / Khmer with English subtitles / Documentary

IDFA, 2012 – Winner Best Mid-­Length Documentary
Thirty years have passed, and on the eve of her son’s wedding, Sochan Pen is finally ready to break her silence. At the age of 16, she was forced to marry a soldier as part of Cambodia's genetic engineering. Juxtaposing haunting archival and present day footage as Sochan confronts the people responsible for her rape and torture, Red Wedding is a land mark exposition of forced marriages under the Khmer Rouge.


Bookings Essential - 1800 287 113 or

Tickets $10 or Conc. $7 per session

M.A.D.E (Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka)
102 Stawell St South, Ballarat
Phone: 1800 287 113

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Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E) is Australia's newest museum. It is located on the site of the Eureka Stockade in Ballarat, western Victoria. With the evocative 159-year-old Eureka Flag as its centrepiece, M.A.D.E’s interactive and immersive exhibitions will explore the evolution and the future of democracy – looking at culture, civics, history and citizenship.
For more information, visit our website

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