The program of features, documentaries and shorts, including works from Murdoch University’s creative practitioners, will screen at both the Rwandan and Zanzibar international film festivals.
The program has been curated by Associate Professors Mick Broderick and Martin Mhando from Murdoch’s School of Media Communication & Culture, and funded by a $20,000 grant from the Australian International Cultural Council (AICC) with matching underwriting from the Murdoch Research and Development office.
"TheAICC grants program is an initiative of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, supporting international arts and culture projects that align with Australia's foreign and trade policy priorities," said Associate Professor Broderick.
"The funding recognises Murdoch University’s ongoing research commitment to, and capacity building in, the East African region."
Professor Craig McGarty, Director of the Social Research Institute at Murdoch, said: "Our work in applied research partnerships provides world’s best-practice in screen media and psycho-social harmony, helping to restore and rebuild capacity and to develop and maintain cultural capital in these territories.
"This curated, touring program of Indigenous Australian films will help demonstrate Australia as an innovative and creative nation that is confidently seeking to address and interpret difficult social issues."
"We hope that this tour will enable a reciprocal visit of East African film to Australia later in 2011," added Associate Professor Mhando.