This is the first time for me to join The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF), more exactly, which is the first attempt to experience the real film festival. To be honest, MIFF subverts my thoughts of the film festival: from a fantasy world presenting to a realistic human focus demonstration. To be specific, according to my Chinese background, almost every well-known film festival in China all aimed to create a “gorgeous visual carnival” to grab people’s attention. Such as gathering the hottest movie stars, the famous film directors and the most controversial movie theme.
Personally, instead of film watching, many of them are more like a grand fans meeting -the majority seats are occupied by a certain fans group, which becomes a very common situation in Chinese film festival. There are only a few people truly pay attention to the movie content. Thus, before I went to MIFF, my brain was fulfilled by all the shining elements of the film festival: the red carpet, the movie star and the passionate fans group. But the reality is that I am highly impressed by the brilliant documentary which named Undermined: Tales from The Kimberley much more than the other stuff.
The documentary represents the living struggle of Kimberley Aboriginal people. For example, the original living environment, unadvanced education and the heavy conflicts between the white police and the local community. To be specific, the main character of this movie is the only indigent who accepts the high education in the community. After the high school study, he fits into the western culture and urban lifestyle – even date with the white girl. However, he decides to give up the chance of living in the urban city; back to his hometown. And finally, he marriages with an aboriginal girl and tries finding a way to contribute his village. His story demonstrates the high national-esteem, solid belief and the sense of honour of Kimberley aborigines. ” The family is the first”, at the end of the interview, he said.
Overall, the FIMM film festival as an important platform which demonstrates the diversity of film and culture. Moreover, through this experience, I understand a successful film festival can engage audiences and brings the meaningful impact and inspiration to their life. For instance, at the Q&A section of the Undermined: Tales from The Kimberley, one audience who has the medical background was touched by the movie and expressed his willingness to help the healthcare development of Kimberley community. Although I don’t know how long it will spend on improving the local development of infrastructure construction and the education; and also, the ethnic tensions. It definitely benefits to evoke public attention – to help and support the aboriginal people to build a better living space in Australia.