2 years ago

1 October, 2016

State Library of Victoria

Organised by:
Pakistani Society

SalamFest: Muslim Arts Festival @ State Library Victoria

The Muslim world is extremely diverse and can be represented by over 56 Countries, cultures and ethnicities. At SalamFest we have tried to capture the essence of this rich heritage and how it contributes to the broader Australian tapestry.

SalamFest Sufi festival
SalamFest will showcase the talents of contemporary and traditional performers, poetry and music. Performances include:

Whirling Dervish
Sufi music
Sufi instumentals
Rumi’s recitals

Date: Saturday 1stOctober 2016
Venue: State Library Victoria
Time: 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm


Muslim Film Festival @ State Library Victoria
Showcasing short films from across the Muslim world; including award winning and critically acclaimed films and stories from Palestine, Egypt, Iran, Pakistan, Syria, Turkey and Australia.

Date: Saturday 1st October 2016
Venue: State Library of Victoria – Village Roadshow Theatrette
Time: 4.00 pm to 10.00 pm
TICKETS ON SALE NOW @ salamfest.eventbrite.com.au

Session 1: Short Films 4:00 to 8:00 pm
1. By Compass & Quran (Australia)
Written and Directed by Kuranda Seyit, Produced and Edited by Fadle El-Harris, this masterful documentary explores the history of the outback Afghan cameleers. It features touching interviews with cameleer descendants and fascinating insights from expert historians. This well researched documentary shares the amazing 150 year history of the cameleers; from the heart-felt love story of young Aboriginal woman Lallie and cameleer Jack Akbar, through the harrowing years of segregation and discrimination of the 'white Australia policy', to their survival and ultimate legacy of sacrifice and service in the outback. These are the men who lived their lives by compass and Quran.
2. Coffee for all nations (Palestine)
In 1948, the Israeli army forced Abed’s family and other residents of Al-Walaja village near Bethlehem to abandon their homes. Despite the expulsion, Abed was determined to return and preserve his land ownership. From a small one-room home made out of wood and metal sheets to a cave that he discovered on his land and converted into a small house, Abed persisted to stay on. While in his cave, he decided to open up a coffee shop for all nations on his land, which although surrounded by settlements, was in a spot that could be reached by Palestinians, Israelis and foreigners. Through his coffee shop, Abed turned his own tragedy into a transformative project that allowed him to share his one true possession: a stunning view. But, for how long?
3. Baby
Narges and her friend have just a few hours to find someone to take care of her baby for some days.
4. Jungle
In the heart of Istanbul, the forest of nothingness and a megacity, Omar and his daughter struggle for their lives after fleeing the war in Syria.
5. Nefertiti's Daughters
A story of women, art and revolution. Told by prominent Egyptian artists, this documentary witnesses the critical role revolutionary street art played during the Egyptian uprisings. Focused on the role of women artists in the struggle for social and political change, it spotlights how the iconic graffiti of Queen Nefertiti placed her on the front lines in the ongoing fight for women's rights and freedom in Egypt today.
Date: Saturday 1st October 2016
Venue: State Library of Victoria – Village Roadshow Theatrette
Time: 4.00 pm to 8.00 pm
Session 2: Featured Film: Australian premier of “Kashf-The Lifting of the veil” 8:00 to 9:30 pm
A young man, Armaghan, returns to Pakistan after 25 years to search out his Sufi master. During his journey through the alluring yet dangerous city of Lahore said to be guarded by Sufi Saints, the physical and material worlds uneasily blur, diverting him from his original quest. He pursues a mysterious woman through the streets of Lahore, but her changing forms make her impossible to possess. Will he find what he seeks or remain lost? His cousin, Ali, seeks his own calling in the sensual and violent world of Lollywood and becomes engulfed by fantastical musical hallucinations -- has he found peace or lost his hold on reality? "KASHF - The Lifting of the Veil" explores the pursuit of spirituality and the inevitable intrusions of the material on those who seek out a different reality.

Date: Saturday 1st October 2016
Venue: State Library of Victoria – Village Roadshow Theatrette
Time: 8.00 pm to 9.30 pm

Email: salamfestau@gmail.com
Supported by the Islamic Council of Victoria
Saturday, 1 October 2016 from 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM (AEST)

State Library of Victoria - 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000

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