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For the last 12 months, we’ve been deep in production, unearthing tasty stories of food and friendship for you to bite down on.
The result is the second series of our much loved Meet+Eat project: a new collection of short documentary films, made with the communities of South-Western Sydney and Hume in Northern Melbourne.
This March 21st, we’ll be launching the films in both Sydney and Melbourne as part of Harmony day. Please come along and share in these delicious stories with us!
Hume, VIC Launch
5:30pm, 21st March, Hoyts Cinema Broadmeadows
Meet+Eat Gala Film Premiere night with filmmakers and participants will be held at Hoyts Cinema Broadmeadows on March 21, 5.30pm to 9pm. The night will include film screenings, music and intercultural cuisine. A FREE event, but bookings essential at http://meeteat2.eventbrite.com.au.
An exhibition of the films will show at Craigieburn Gallery, Hume Global Learning Centre, 75-95 Central Park Ave, Craigieburn, from March 23 to May 3.
Federation Square, Melbourne Screening
All six Meet+Eat films will screened on the Federation Square Big Screen & Forecourt on Sunday, April 26 at 3pm. FREE event.
Western Sydney, NSW Launch
6pm, 21st March, Bonnyrigg Town Centre Park
Meet+Eat Harmony Day Community Screening will be held at the Bodhi Tree in Bonnyrigg Town Centre Park (behind the Lao Buddhist Temple) on March 21, 6pm – 9pm. The night will include film screenings, food tastings, Q&A and a Lao dance performance by Wat Phrayortkeo Sunday School. A FREE event.
Award winning community and media arts organization, CuriousWorks is set to release the second series of Meet+Eat, an online documentary series that celebrates the extraordinary and culturally rich lives of diverse Australians through a stunning collection of beautifully crafted and intimate films.
The intercultural Meet+Eat documentaries encourage a deep and personal conversation about diversity in our communities. Each episode uses the act of sharing a meal as a way of getting people from different walks of life to sit down and have a yarn.
At its core, Meet+Eat is about celebrating diversity. During production, CuriousWorks utilized its award-winning community model to work directly with families and community groups from two of Australia’s most culturally rich and diverse areas: Hume in Victoria and South Western Sydney in NSW – where you can walk down the main street and meet the world. Over the series, we hear stories of immigration, displacement, identity, inter-cultural exchange, personal history, dance, cooking, eating, neighbourhood stories and new friendship.
CuriousWorks Creative Producer, Emma Macey-Storch explains:
“Not only do the films give us a deeper understanding of diversity and what culture really means to everyday people, but also a quite surprising insight into what happens behind closed doors in the local neighbourhood. These films are testimony to the fact that we can learn so much from each other’s stories. I am sure people will be delighted with this year’s series.”
Meet+Eat is an initiative of CuriousWorks, with the generous support of VicHealth, Scanlon Foundation, Australia Council for the Arts, Arts NSW and Hume City Council’s Community Grants Program. Additional training for Cultural Leaders courtesy of EastWeb.
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CuriousWorks is grateful for the generous support in 2015 of Australia Council for the Arts, ArtsNSW, Nelson Meers Foundation, The Funding Network, VicHealth, Scanlon Foundation and Hume City Council; and we are proud to be partnering with Carriageworks and The Streaming Museum for our key productions. We would especially like to thank Liverpool City Council for their support in housing our main offices in the top floor of Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre.
The Princess and the Bird explores heartfelt comparisons of the immigration experience through the narrative of Maria and Helen.
Helen’s family came from Greece in the 1960′s, fleeing the occupation of their island village by the Italian army; Maria, a Samoan Princess, was sent away from her tribe as a child to find a better life.
Meet Helen and Maria.
Meet+Eat is an online documentary series in which people from very different backgrounds, sit down, share a meal and have a yarn. Meet+Eat explores the charming and compelling stories of people from two of Australia’s most culturally rich and diverse regions of Australia: Hume in Victoria and South Western Sydney – where you can walk down the street and meet the world.
At its core, Meet+Eat is about celebrating diversity. Meet the truck drivers, musicians, comedians, teachers and grandmothers of these places. Over the series, you hear their stories of immigration, identity, personal challenges and personal victories.
Meet+Eat is an initiative of CuriousWorks, with the generous support of VicHealth, Scanlon Foundation, Arts NSW, Australia Council and Hume City Council’s Community Grants Program.