Usually, the only colours associated with Footscray are the might red, white and blue (c'arn the scraggers).
But that's set to change with the arrival of Colourfest, an emerging national film festival focusing on the works of culturally diverse filmmakers in Australia. The festival showcases the best culturally diverse talent in films from around Australia. The festival reflects the reality of contemporary Australia represented through Chinese, Vietnamese, Samoan, Spanish, Iranian, Punjabi, Arabic and Greek stories. Films selected include stories about a Samoan girl trying to escape her big, loud family and their rundown house to spend the day in a display home, only to discover her way back to her family. Another film reflects on the story of a teenage refugee from Sudan, struggling to cope with his new life, but finding hope for the future through the power of music.
Colourfest kicked off in Sydney on June 3, and has since toured Brisbane and Canberra. This screening will close the festival in true grassroots style, head down to the Footscray Community Arts Centre on Saturday July 16 to check it out. Session one kicks off at 4:00pm, session two at 6:00pm.