The Satrangi fim festival, which comes to a close on 28 May, was a representation of diversity and identity
The Satrangi 7 Colors Film Festival 2016 was kickstarted on Sunday, 22 May, with a cultural extravaganza of 132 performers from 22 diverse cultures — African, Lebanese, Yogoslav, Chinese, American tribals, Greece, Indonesian, Mexican, Malaya, Ghana, Afghan, Pakistani, Srilankan, and Nepalese, nine cross-cultural movies, as well as music by English and Lebanese bands. There were several guests from the political sphere at the opening ceremony, including Members of Parliament Mr Hong Lim and Ms Inga Pulich.
The festival’s closing ceremony is on 28 May (at RMIT Bldg 80, 445 Swanston Street 3000) and events lined up include a Satrangi 7 Colors panel discussions on “Represenation of Cultural Diversity & Identity in Australian Media”, followed by Indian and cross-cultural film screenings and networking sessions, as well as a cultural programme of Bharatnatyam, Nepalese, Bollywood and Westerns dances.
Satrang is an Indian, Australian and cross-cultural festival of performing arts and creative arts to showcase the benefits of celebrating cultural diversity to help foster inter-cultural awareness, understanding and unity in Australian media.
The objective behind the festival is to increase participation and involvement of all ethnic groups in Australia. It is also hoped that events such as this are a springboard for greater creativity among cultural groups.
Festival director Noel Nawal Moudgil, along with Nesan Naidoo and Vrinda Mahesh, will be presenting this three hours long program from 6 – 9 PM.
“The festival is dedicated to Bollywood filmmaker late Yash Raj Chopra, who passed away in 2012,” says Noel. “We are greatly inspired from Yash Ji, for his feature film “Chak De India” shot in Melbourne, in which he showed the strength of uniting people of all cultures as one,” he adds.
This festival also aims at fostering music, film and cultural ties by recognizing the local talent and productions at this community platform.
Guests such as MP Dee Ryall representing Matthew Guy from Ringwod, Victorian Multicultural Commisioner – Tsebin Tchen , Cr Gautam Gupta – City of Wyndham, John Cumming – Deaking University Film & Media, Cory Corbett – Melbourne Made Film Festival, Dr Vikrant Kishore – RMIT Media, media representatives Molina Asthana, Dor Archna, Moti Visa, and Siddharth Suresh, as well as cross-cultural film-makers, community activists, artists and entertainers have confirmed their presence and support to the initiative.
Entry for the film event and screening on 28 May is free. Log in to https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/satrangi-7-colors-film-event-screenings-tickets-24859082184 for more information.