The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe
After fleeing violence in their homelands, Aminata, Rosemary, Yordy and Yarrie find a safe haven in Australia. Originally hailing from Eritrea, Kenya, Guinea and Sierra Leone, these remarkable women hold their painful memories inside until one day deciding to join a theatre group and speak out. The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe charts their collective progress through trauma towards artistic triumph, as their life stories are gradually transformed into an extraordinary live theatre experience. Under the nurturing guidance of acclaimed director Ros Horin, the four women come to terms with the past in order to courageously pursue the thrilling opportunities of the future.
Why You Should See This Film
Filmed over three years, this inspiring documentary debuted to sold-out acclaim at both Sydney and Melbourne Film Festivals as audiences were enthralled by the deeply moving stories and remarkable resilience of its four brilliant subjects. It's little surprise that Australian cinema legend Gillian Armstrong (Oscar and Lucinda) described the film as "an overwhelming emotional experience ... heartrending, heartfelt and ultimately uplifting."
Presented by Human Rights Watch
Following the film, Aminata Conteh-Biger (cast member) will join Ros Horin (writer and director) wih Elaine Pearson (Australia Director of Human Rights Watch) as moderator for a panel discussion.
Established in 1978, Human Rights Watch is a nonprofit, nongovernmental human rights organisation made up of roughly 400 staff members around the globe. Its staff consists of human rights professionals including country experts, lawyers, journalists, and academics of diverse backgrounds and nationalities. Opening an Australian office in 2013, Human Rights Watch is known for its accurate fact-finding, impartial reporting, effective use of media, and targeted advocacy, often in partnership with local human rights groups.
- Year: 2016
- Rating: M
- Director: Ros Horin
- Cast: Rosemary Kariuki, Aminata Conteh, Yarrie Bangura, Yordanos Haile
- Duration: 85 minutes
- Language: English