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See the photos: SAFC celebrates National Reconciliation Week 2022

01 June 2022
People sitting in a cinema watching four people speaking on stage, while a camera crew films them
The SAFC’s National Reconciliation Week 2022 panel discussion in the Adelaide Studios screening theatre.

Truth-telling, story-sharing and reconciliation were hot topics at the SAFC’s National Reconciliation Week event today, which saw a strong crowd turn out to the Adelaide Studios screening theatre for a special panel discussion.

Moderated by Shona Reid, CEO of Reconciliation SA, the panel featured Sally Scales, Partnership Manager for the Uluru Statement from the Heart, Alira Mckenzie-Williams, Public Programs Officer for Tarnanthi at the Art Gallery of SA and Uluru Statement from the Heart 2022 Youth Dialogue delegate and Paul Ryan, producer, director and owner of Adelaide Studios based production company 57 Films.

Panellists discussed the ongoing impacts of the Uluru Statement from the Heart five years on, how truth-telling sits at the heart of reconciliation, and how the screen sector can best support the aims of reconciliation.

Filmmaker Paul Ryan said truth-telling – the opportunity for First Nations peoples to share their culture, heritage and history with the broader community, and record the impacts of colonisation and settlement – was crucial for the screen sector to engage with.

“As a filmmaker, through my own filmmaking lens, it’s crucial that we actually consciously call out and ask for the involvement and the knowledge of a more truthful history,” he said.

SAFC CEO Kate Croser and staff were also pleased to attend the National Reconciliation Week breakfast on Friday 27 May, presented by Reconciliation SA at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

The wide-ranging conversation also included the significance of National Reconciliation Week itself, with Sally Scales saying: “What’s great about National Reconciliation Week is that it makes people sit up and look at the rooms they are in – how many Aboriginal people or people of colour are in the room? Reconciliation Week does give people the ability to say I really want to learn and I really want to go there, help me.”

After the panel discussion, guests enjoyed drinks and refreshments provided by Tauondi Aboriginal Community College Catering Service.

Filmed by SAFC partner organisation Channel 44, the panel discussion will be made available for future viewing via the SAFC’s Facebook page and Youtube channel – stay tuned to our social media, and subscribe to our mailing list so you don’t miss it!

Check out photos from the event below.

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