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The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe World Premier

 If you truly want to understand the plight of women in war, I encourage you to go and see firsthand the genius of director Ros Horin, who has written, produced and directed this eye-opening documentary about her play of the same name.

The candid way Ros explains her frustration and ineptitude to help woman such as these is something we can all relate to but she has succeeded where we have only thought about it. A stark show about brutality, rape and the strength of women – many congratulations to Ros and the four breathtakingly strong women who put it all on the line to be heard – I cannot think of a greater example of dignity.

 The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe World Premier

We are premiering at the Sydney Film Festival!

We are very excited and honoured to announce that The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe is making its debut at the upcoming Sydney Film Festival on June 9th at the Event Cinema George Street.

For those who missed the film screening at the Chauvel please join us for the official world premier of this moving documentary and Q+A with the women and Ros after the screening. Be sure to grab your tickets as the film will only have the one showing.

It is a public event open to all audiences. Therefore, if you have already seen the film, please encourage friends and family to join us as it will be a wonderful evening that offers the unique chance to hear the women share their experiences in the Q&A.


Official Premier – The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe
Thursday June 9th, 6:00pm
Event Cinemas George Street 9
525 George Street, 2000
Tickets required

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About the film:
The film follows the story of four inspirational African women, now living in Australia, who, under the guidance of theatre director Ros Horin, collaborate to let their life stories be transformed into an extraordinary  theatrical experience.
This film charts their personal journeys from trauma to healing and public triumphs, as the Troupe’s show moves from a stage in western Sydney out to the world. It tells an inspirational story of courage and resilience, that reveals the transformative power of story-telling through the arts.
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Rwanda’s Mountain Gorillas

On my second day in Volcanoes National Park, I visited the KWITONDA family, a group of 22 members. When born, baby gorillas weigh less that human babies, between 1.5 and 2.5 kilograms. Mothers breastfeed for between three and a half and four years. While breastfeeding, females do not reproduce, hence limiting the potential to accelerate population growth and why census’ are only carried out every five years. I’d like to introduce my friends.

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Here is a breakdown of gorilla age categories:

  • 0 – 3    baby
  • 3 – 6    juvenile
  • 6 – 8    sub-agile
  • 8+       females can breed (typically, 4 – 6 babies in a lifetime)
  • 8 – 12  males known as black backs
  • 12+      silverbacks


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Gorillas in the Mist

The mountain gorilla or to use its species name gorilla beringei beringei is the 7th most endangered animal on the planet. This species of gorilla is only found at the confluence of three countries: Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Here, a meagre 880 mountain gorillas struggle to exist alongside man’s warring. Admittedly, the numbers are increasing, albeit slowly, but they are also marginalised by ongoing fighting in these countries, Rwanda back in 1994 and, more recently, in the DRC. Poaching is also an issue. Another census is due in 2015, and conservationists are hopeful the number of animals will exceed 900.

Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park is home to 480 mountain Gorillas made up of 19 families. Ten families are visited by tourists while the other nine are monitored for research purposes only.

The journey to visit these bewitching creatures is not for the faint hearted, but the surrounding countryside is spectacular, traversing a series of five volcanoes. It is easy to understand how the title Gorillas in the Mist came into being.

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The first family I met were HIRWA made up of 19 individuals, including a set of male twins. The boss, a 27 year old silverback named Munyinya, was nothing short of regal, at once gentle and powerful.

In gorilla families, it is the silverback who entertains the children. The boss of a group is usually the oldest member but always the dominant one, he can weigh a staggering  220 kilograms. Only the silverback can touch the females in their family.

Gorillas live between 45 to 55 years. The females live longer than the males due to the amount of fighting the males endure. The animals’ diet consists of over 200 species of plants, and they can eat up to 15 percent of their bodyweight in a day.

Meet Munyinya:

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Last night I saw the new Cuba Gooding Jr movie Selma. The film chronicles three months in 1965 where Dr Martin Luther King led a campaign  to secure equal voting rights for coloureds in the face of violent opposition.

The story of Martin Luther King is well known but this particular event, less so. It is easy to walk away from the film thinking how far we have come. For me, it was a stark reminder of how much is left to do and that oppression and brutality are not a third-world problem. It is in all of our backyards.

I saw the film as a reminder of how one simple act of cruelty or a cutting remark can marginalise a fellow human being.

In the words of the man himself,

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

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