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When:

Tue 26 Mar 2013, 7:30pm–10:00pm

Where: Bella Union Bar, 54 Victoria Street, Carlton, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages Licensed

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission Concession (+bf): $7.00
  • General Admission (+bf): $10.00
  • General Admission Concession (at door): $12.00
  • General Admission (at door): $15.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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Arts in Action in partnership with Stillwaters Storytelling Collective presents, Walk With Me, a feature length documentary about the power of art to change hearts and minds, save lives and bring about a revolution.

Against the backdrop of historical moments of social change, Walk With Me follows three women who use theatre to inspire, stir and animate our democracy. Each woman has found theatre as a way to engage a level of activism in themselves and to form inclusive spaces with others to tell stories of joy or sorrow. While at work in prisons, schools, and community centres, the film reveals that one person – one artist – can make a difference. Woven with luscious animation, archival images and performance footage, Walk With Me shares the creative process and shows the people who are unexpectedly and deeply moved by the experience.

"Walk With Me is a quintessential illustration of the much mystified intersection between arts and social justice. This film should be used as guide for any artist and/or activist looking to cross pollinate their work." - Kamilah Forbes, Artistic Director, The Hip-Hop Theatre Festival

Collaborator: Stillwaters Storytelling Collective is a group of local women of African descent who use performance-based storytelling for social transformation with a mission to make diverse and underrepresented voices and issues heard. Stillwaters! Founder Fadzai Jaravaza will present plans for their 2013 community arts program and the evening will feature three women storytellers of diverse cultural backgrounds performing poetry inspired by and written for their community work and outreach programs.

Walk With Me is an expressionistic portrait of three women – Rebecca, a theatre artist-activist, who grew up during the turbulent ‘50’s & 60’s; Lisa - a dance-theatre artist and scholar; and Anu, a first generation South Asian actor-educator living in Washington, DC.

Each woman makes it their mission to foster change in their communities by using theatre to create an artistic experience that cultivates an atmosphere of advocacy for those who struggle to be heard in our society. Journeying with them while working in prisons, community centres and schools, we see how theatre can ask and answer - how do we fight injustice? How do we reclaim our personal and collective his/herstory? And, how do we inspire each other? The film creates a connective tissue between each character exploring how the personal creative act can become a political one.

Theatre has always had the unique ability to form inclusive spaces to share our stories, bridge gaps and engage a level of activism that is tangible to all of us. The film is a call to arms that aims to show that we can animate democracy by walking with each other to reconfigure the past and dream a future together.