Blackbird

amie batalibasi | Australia | 2015 | 13 MIN | Short drama

Sunday 23 October 2016 | 3:45 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 1
North American Premiere

Solomon Islanders Kiko and Rosa are part of the untold story of Australia’s Sugar Slaves in the late 1800s. Both kidnapped from their Pacific island home and forced to work on a sugar cane plantation, Kiko finds that he is faced with unimaginable loss and grief for his homeland and his need to be free.

 

Amie Batalibasi (Solomon Islander) is a filmmaker and producer based in Melbourne. A recipient of numerous grants and awards, Amie has also facilitated various community-based film projects with youth, refugees and culturally diverse groups. Her documentaries have screened internationally and Blackbirdis Amie’s debut dramatic short.