Beyond The Father’s Shadow is a short film by Iranian-Australian feminist documentary filmmaker (and my good friend!) Saba Vasefi. It’s the story of Australia’s first female parliamentarian Edith Cowan. The film portrays the struggles behind Cowan’s ascent to power, revealing how her traumatic childhood experiences motivated her to become a social worker and, ultimately, the first female member of the Australian parliament.
The film will be launched by author, patron of the Full Stop Foundation and UNICEF Ambassador Tara Moss; hosted by Greens Member of the NSW Legislative Council Dr Mehreen Faruqi; and MC’d by ABC’s commissioning editor, Andrea Ulbrick.
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on misogyny and politics.
Panelists for the evening will be:
♀ Dr Mehreen Faruqi: Member of the NSW Legislative Council
♀ Tara Moss: Author, Full Stop Patron and UNICEF Ambassador.
♀ Saba Vasefi: Filmmaker, Poet, Refugee Council of Australia Ambassador for Refugee Week.
♀ Lee Rhiannon: Senator for NSW
♀ Sarah Hanson-Young: Senator for SA
♀ Hon Linda Burney: Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Shadow Minister for Education & Aboriginal Affairs
♀ Van Badham: Guardian Columnist, Writer & Social Commentator
♀ Dr Wendy Michaels: Historian, Honorary Research Fellow, University of Newcastle; Director, The Women’s Club; Convenor, Rose Scott Women Writers’ Festival.
So basically, a stellar line-up!
If you’re in Sydney, please come along. I’ll be there, proudly supporting Saba, who is both a very talented filmmaker and a tireless supporter of others.
Location: NSW Parliament House, Sydney
Date: August 26,2015