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DJAAMBI (SHORT FILM)

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PRODUCER: Jodie Kirkbride

DIRECTOR: Joel Brown

RELEASE: 2023 on SBS on Demand 

SYNOPSIS: Djaambi centres on Reg, a young Indigenous man, transitioning between past decisions, and the new. Made raw in the wake of the death of his close cousin, Tjarrah, Reg’s experiences with racism at the hands of his work colleague challenge his sense of identity, making him anxious. Embarking on a spiritual journey, reflecting on the past to reassure his present decisions, Tjarrah guides Reg through his grief. Djaambi touches on contemporary, and often unseen by the privileged, themes of racism and mental health, while navigating one’s place in Australian society, illustrating the impact of cultural overload and the aftermath of trauma.

 

ACCOLADES: 

Official Selection: South Australian Screen Awards 2021

Official Selection: Creation International Film Festival 2022

Official Selection: Setting Sun Film Festival 2022

Official Selection: Australian Inspirational Film Festival 2022

Official Selection: Breath of Fresh Air (BOFA) Film Festival

Official Selection: Cinefest Oz - Deadly Indigenous Shorts 2022

Official Selection: Port Shorts Film Festival 2022

Official Selection: Canberra Short Film Festival 2022

Official Selection: Byron Bay Underground Film Festival 2022

Official Selection: Launch Film Festival 2022

Official Selection: Sydney Lift Off Film Festival 2022

Official Selection: Perth Christian Film Festival 2022

Official Selection: Peninsula Film Festival 2023

Official Selection: Underexposed Film Festival 2023

Official Selection: Birrarangga Film Festival 2023

Official Selection: Films That Inspire Film Festival 2023

Official Selection: Oz Indie Film Festival 2023

Official Selection: Virtual Indigenous Film Festival 2023

Official Selection: Country Arts SA: Nunga Screen 2023

Official Selection: People of Passion Film Festival 2023

Official Selection: Glenelg Film Festival 2023

Official Selection: Changing Face International Film Festival 2023

Official Selection: Studio 66 Film Nights 2023

Official Selection: Bass Coast Shorts 2023

Official Selection: Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival 2023

Official Selection: Multicultural Film Festival 2023

Official Selection: Hybrid Genre Australia 2023

Official Selection: International Multicultural Film Festival 2023

Official Selection: Adelaide Independent Film Festival 2023

Official Selection: Heaps Good Cinema Mercury CX 2023

Official Selection: Australia Independent Film Festival 2023

Official Selection: Melbourne Lift Off Film Festival 2023

Official Selection: Fleurieu Film Festival 2024

Official Selection: Melbourne Women in Film Festival 2024

Official Selection: SydFest 2024

Winner: 2nd Prize: - First Nations Short Film Competition - Breath of Fresh Air (BOFA) Film Festival

Winner: Cliff Ellis Memorial Award - Australian Cinematography Society 2021

Winner: Silver Award - Australian Cinematography Society 2021

Winner: First Nations Talent Award - Natasha Wanganeen - South Australian Screen Awards 2021

Winner: Best Social Awareness Short - Joel Brown - Creation International Film Festival 2022

Winner: Best Cinematography - Launch Film Festival 2022

Winner: Best Actor - Natasha Wanganeen - Launch Film Festival 2022

Winner: R U OK Award: Peninsula Film Festival 2023

Winner: April 2023 Film of the Month - Changing Face International Film Festival 2023

Winner: Best First Nations Short Film: People of Passion Film Festival 2023

Winner: Audience Choice - Glenelg Film Festival 2023

Winner: Best Australian Film -  Hybrid Genre Australia 2023

Winner: Best Unley Short Film - Adelaide Independent Film Festival 2023

Finalist: Emerging Filmmaker - Multicultural Film Festival 2023

Winner: Best Editing - Fleurieu Film Festival 2024

Semi-Finalist: Australian Independent Film Festival 2023

Runner Up: Studio 66 Film Nights 2023

Nominee: Best Directing - South Australian Screen Awards 2021

Nominee: Best Performance - Natasha Wanganeen - South Australian Screen Awards 2021

Nominee: Best Indigenous / First Nations Work - Oz Indie Film Festival 2023

Nominee: Best Sound - Fleurieu Film Festival 2024

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