Award winner screens inclusive films at BBFF

February 17, 2015

Films made with the help of those who are often sidelined and voiceless will be given a voice in the upcoming 2015 Byron Bay International Film Festival.

Genevieve Clay-Smith will be screening two of her inclusively made short films at the Byron Bay International Short Film festival the which will be held from March the 6 – 14.

Clay-Smith who took out 2015 NSW Young Australian of the Year and the 100 Women of Influence, Young Leader award in 2014, for her work with no-for-profit Bus Stop Films, is excited that her work will be help audiences better understand some of Australia’s marginalised communities.

I Am Emmanuel is a dance-drama film, which chronicles the journey of Emmanuel, an 18-year-old South Sudanese refugee who longs for connection in his new found home. Clay-Smith collaborated with two South Sudanese refugees on the project, Noel Franco and Mandela Mathia. The inclusive filmmaking process reaped great results for the co-collaborators, with Franco gaining employment on Angelina Jolie’s film Unbroken and Mathia gaining development funding for a one-man theatre show, to be directed by Clay- Smith.

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