Directed by Joris Ivens and produced in 1948 by the Waterside Workers' Federation (WWF) Film Unit, this clandestinely made film shot around Sydney Harbour gained an international reputation. It documents the refusal of seamen and waterside workers to man and load Dutch ships and arms to be used against the Indonesian Republic in their fight for independence from the Netherlands, which was trying to re-impose pre-war colonial rule. It culminates in the dramatic halting of a Dutch ship in mid-harbour. This activist documentary actually contributed to the events it depicted. All who worked on the film became "adversely known" to the security services. Plus THE HUNGRY MILES (1955), a passionate survey of the struggles and achievements of the WWF during and after the Depression of the 1930s.
Venue: Canberra Museum and Gallery (CMAG)
Date: Friday, 16 August, 2:30pm to 4:00pm.
The CMAG café will be open for you to enjoy a light lunch or coffee before the presentation.
This event is presented by the Friends of the NFSA. The Friends host regular events at the NFSA and CMAG. For further information on the Friends, including membership, check out their website: http://www.archivefriends.org.au/
Admission: free for Friends: gold coin donation for others
Contact: Ray Edmondson 0413 486 849or email@example.com.