MIFF – A place to learn about culture

By Yuyang Gong

Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is Australia’s first international film festival and one of the most influential international film festivals in the Southern Hemisphere. It is also one of the oldest film festivals in the world.

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MIFF is my first close encounter with the film festival, the way I used to know the film festival was online news. The news reported that the director’s film won the award and the theme of their film has received a high degree of attention. I thought that attending the film festival was a goal far away from me. I bought a movie ticket online and watched a movie in MIFF – UNDERMINED: TALES FROM THE KIMBERLEY, my understanding of the film festival has changed.

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This time, the viewing experience is completely different than when I was watching a movie in a cinema. Before the film opened, there were long queues outside the cinema, and the back seat of the cinema was full.  After the host and the director gave a presentation, the film began to show. In this documentary, the director tells the conflict between an Aboriginal living environment and cultural preservation in mineral development and livestock development from an Aboriginal perspective. All viewers may come from different industries, from different countries, but are attracted by the stories in the film.

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The most exciting thing is that after the movie ended, the movie starring sang a song for us, and the Q&A. The direct question and answer interaction between the audience and the director is also one of the charms of participating in the festival.

By participating in the film festival, I found that the film festival is not only the quality of the selection works, but also one of the most direct ways to understand customs and culture, regional issues. Through the director’s lens, with the fascinating story, let the audience be attracted by the plot and understand the information that the film wants to convey. This is one of the purposes of the film and film festival.

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