The fourth annual Indie Gems Film Festival has announced its 2013 program, showcasing both local and international independent cinema from Thursday 12th September to Saturday 14th September 2013 at the Riverside Theatres, Parramatta.
The opening night of the Festival will feature the powerful documentary ‘Pharaoh vs The Egyptians’, directed by Australian comedian Akmal Saleh. Egyptian-born Akmal returns to Egypt to explore how the people risked their lives in order to protest against decades of oppression and overthrow a dictator in rule for over 30 years.
Other highlights of the Festival include the Cambodian short documentary by Academy Award® winning filmmaker Cynthia Wade, ‘Born Sweet’, and the multiple award-winning documentary ‘I Am Eleven’ by Australian filmmaker Genevieve Bailey who travelled the world for six years talking with 11-year-olds to compose an insightful and funny portrait of childhood.
The program also includes the Australian premiere of Indian family film ‘Dekh Indian Circus’; the Thai murder-mystery ‘Mindfulness and Murder’ which sees a former homicide detective turned monk investigate a murder in the Buddhist monastery; and the Australian documentary ’11Eleven Project’ which asked people all over the world to capture parts of their day on 11th November 2011.
Indie Gems’ closing night will feature ‘Gossip Nation’, the first Nollywood (Nigerian cinema/Hollywood) film produced in Australia, which follows the conflicts and dramas of a community of African immigrants and refugees that have settled in Blacktown.
Rounding out the Festival’s program will be a number of networking events, Q&A sessions with directors, a student film competition and a panel discussion on the future of the film industry.
What: Indie Gems Film Festival 2013
When: Thursday 12th September – Saturday 14th September 2013
Where: Riverside Theatres, Corner Church and Market Streets, Parramatta, Sydney