[csaa-forum] Cultural Representations of Adoption / Beyond Celebrities
i.willing at uq.edu.au
Wed Jun 3 12:25:44 CST 2009
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Touring Transcultural Adoptee Films
First host event is in Melbourne at the 'Transcultural Adoptee Films
and Seminar Event'
with special reading of 'Umbilical' by Dominic Golding and 4 short
films by transcultural adoptees.
13 June, 2009 at 10am - 5pm at Mercy Lecture Theatre, Australian
Catholic University, Melbourne.
Presented by Adopted Vietnamese International (AVI) and the
Intercountry Adoptee Support Network (ICASN) in association with The
School of Social and Political Inquiry, Monash University, Australian
Catholic University and the Asian Australian Studies Research Network.
Free event. No registration required.
About the festival tour
Welcome to a tour that is the first of its type in Australia. In
recent times an intense amount of media attention has surrounded the
inter-country adoption of ‘Third World’ and Non-White children by
wealthy White celebrities such as Madonna and Angelina Jolie. Stories
about these famous personalities’ adoptions appear almost daily. They
peer at us from magazines in the shopping aisle, the doctor’s waiting
room, the Internet and television. Yet little is understood of what
impact such reportage has on the lives of non-famous or ‘ordinary’
transnationally adoptees whose own presence in the practice is far
less exposed yet far more common.
This is a tour of films by transcultural adoptees (we use
'transcultural adoptees' as an umbrella term to cover International,
Indigenous, Transracial and Domestic adoptees whose cultural
backgrounds are different to their adopters). These films will be
screened at various adoptee-run events held in major cities across
This tour is a ‘debut’ in various senses. It is the first adoptee-
organised tour of transcultural adoptee films to be launched in
Australia. The talents and perspectives of transcultural adoptees are
to be found in every facet of this tour: the filmmakers film booklet
authors and journalists, and volunteer committee members/event co-
ordinators are all transcultural adoptees. In addition, most of the
films are making their Australian debut. These new perspectives are
all the more significant because, to date, most commentary on and
representations of trancultural adoption have been made by people who
have not been adopted. In this festival, the adoptee gaze is revealed
Our aim is to highlight the new perspectives that mature-aged
transcultural adoptees have on the practice of transcultural adoption.
Whether in documentary form, straight narrative or as experimental
exploration of adoption, each film offers a unique window into what it
is to be adopted across cultures, and very often transracially as well.
The Format: ‘A Tour of the Tour’
Each stage of this tour is programmed by an Adoptee Committee. There
are five committees spanning the following geographical areas:
Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and with Perth and Adelaide to follow. An
international tour may also follow.
Each committee will create a unique program for its area. Committee
members will select a variety of films for each individual program and
may also produce associated events. The resulting program for each
area may take the form of a one-day film festival, a one-day mixed-
cultural event with artistic performances and panels featuring
adoptees, monthly film nights, etc. Panel sessions held at various
events will feature adoptee guests from a range of professions
including adoption educators, authors, visual and theatre artists,
musicians and academic researchers.
Want to know what films and events are touring to your area? The
specific program for each area (including times for films and all
associated events, along with biographical information about relevant
speakers and committees) is available on the ICASN website in the
'news' section www.icasn.org
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