2006 Gallery

Check below to find details of the finalists and judges of the 2006 Harmony Film Festival as well as some photos from the opening night.

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The Finalists
These are the top 8 films on the theme of justice that have made it through to the finals (in no particular order):

Switch
By Maziar Lahooti, Perth, WA (6 minutes)

A man in his last moments alive sees an opportunity to escape his faith at the expense of another man’s life.

Virgin 72
By Bita Haidarian , USA (7 minutes)

What happens to a young girl who decides to become a suicide bomber? Virgin 72 is a dark comedy about identity crisis to the extreme and the promise of paradise for women.

 

Intersection
By Graig Douglas, New Zealand (9 minutes)

Through moments of chance and circumstances, two men from opposite sides of the social extremes of wealth and poverty overcome their own unjust prejudices to discover the humanity in one another.

Passing
By Heath Morgan, Darwin, NT (7 minutes)

Passing is the story of David, a young student who has failed his final exam and fears the wrath of his father. His friend Rod has a novel idea that might just save him.

 

Eviction
By Grady Walker, Nepal (10 minutes)

Eviction is a documentary that illustrates the injustice that occurred in the ethnic Nepali community in Bhutan during the early 1990’s. It is a tragic story that the international community still has not heard.

Just Desserts
By Shideh Faramand & Erfan Khadem, Toowoomba, QLD (6 minutes)

Payman has a fish. He loves his fish. One day Payman returns home from school to find his fish gone. Who is responsible? Will they be brought to justice?

 

Mavis
By Loosie Craig, Sydney, NSW (6 minutes)

In 1979 Mavis New won the Country Women’s Association of Australia’s International Doll competition. This is the story of what she had to do to ensure it never happened again!

Ballawood
By Dellaram Jamali, Ballarat, VIC (9 minutes)

A Bollywood style film telling the story of an arranged marriage between a young girl and an old man. Finally justice prevails and the girl marries her true love.

 

The Judges
Paul Remati
'Having worked for more than twenty five years in Television, Paul Remati's industry experience ranges from senior executive management in broadcasting to developing and producing programs for commercial, subscription and public television networks. With over a thousand hours of television to his credit as producer, director and editor, Paul has worked in areas as diverse as drama, reality, children's and lifestyle. As recent Head of Production and Planning for ABC Television, his commission was to oversee all aspects of production for Australia's premier public broadcaster.

Paul says, 'Television remains one of the most powerful and pervasive means of communication in today's world. The ability to help shape the way we see ourselves, the need to share our stories and the responsibility that comes with affecting millions of viewers, requires the best and brightest creative program makers. Our mission in the TV department is to equip future producers with the tools, techniques and passion to deliver innovative, factual, entertaining content to audiences world-wide.'

Faramarz K-Rahber
Faramarz K-Rahber is an Australian-Iranian filmmaker. He is an award-winning graduate from Griffith University Queensland College of Art, Bachelor of Screen Production. He has worked across many roles in the documentary industry in the last 10 years. His focus on directing, mixed with a strong background in cinematography, has helped shape his insightful, observational style of filmmaking.
Having arrived in Australia as a refugee in 1992, his specialist cross-cultural knowledge allows him to shape films of religious, cultural and social sensitivity. Faramarz’s films reflect the fundamental essence of humanity through intimate observation whilst avoiding controversy or inflaming contentious issues.

 

Will Davies
Will Davies began working with Film Australia (Commonwealth Film Unit) in 1972 following his graduation from the ANU. In 1975 he added to his broad range of documentary and drama experience by working in Hollywood and with the BBC Natural History Unit in Bristol in the UK.

On his return to Australia in 1977 he established Look Film Productions. Since this time, his company have been a major Australian producer of documentary programmes to a wide range of national and international broadcasters including the ABC, SBS, Channels 9, 7 and 10 in Australia, the BBC in the UK, PBS and other broadcasters in the USA and a range of international television networks through the distribution of LOOK’s programming.

Major series include:
WHEN THE WAR CAME TO AUSTRALIA (4 hours for the ABC)
TALES FROM A SUITCASE (48 half hours for SBS)
OUR CENTURY (25 half hours for Channel Nine)
A YEN FOR A DOLLAR (4 x half hrs) for the ABC)
IN OUR COLLECTION: The Australian War Memorial (28 short films for the History Channel)
RAILWAY ADVENTURES (16 hours for the Seven and Ten networks)

Will Davies is the co-author of three books and has an Australian soldier’s story of the horrors of the First World War titled, Somme Mud which has just been published by Random House, Australia.He has just completed a series of short films on the history of Norfolk Island and also doing a PhD in the Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University in Canberra.

Pauline Clague
Pauline is from the Yaegl nation. During 1994 she did an introduction course at the Australian Film Television and Radio School. Here she met up with Rima, they owned a company together for eight years producing numerous corporate, documentaries short films.

In 1995 Pauline produced her first short film ‘Round Up’ which was a part of the acclaimed series of shorts From Sand to Celluloid. The film won several prestigious awards including an ATOM and the Asia-Pacific awards for Best short film.

In 1997 she produced “Box” for ABC TV’s contribution to the Festival of the Dreaming. This film won Best Foreign short at the Houston International and an AFI award for the best editing in an area other than a feature. “Promise” her next short was a part of the Shifting Sands series of which she was also the co-supervising producer of the series and designed and directed the series ident.

In 1998 she produced “Saturday Night, Sunday Morning” a half hour as a part of the Crossing Tracks series.

In 2000 she was the Co-ordinator of the Tudawali Awards held at the Sydney Opera House. The film “Dare to Dream” was produced later that year to venture into the horror genre.

2001 she was the line producer for “The Awakening” an hour documentary for Channel Seven’s World Around Us

In late 2001 she became the Series Producer for the Indigenous Programs Unit at ABC doing Series 3, 4, 5, and 6 of “Message Stick” a half hour Indigenous Program that went to air 40 weeks a year. During this time she also created a one hour live (multi-cam) concert for NAIDOC (National Aboriginal and Islander Day of Celebration) week for three years that she was there, which she was the Executive Producer of and directed the last show. She produced two music CD made up a compilation of Indigenous Artists from around Australia. In her down time as Series Producer she Produced three documentaries “Desperate Times”, Ankula Watjarira” and “Sisters in the Black Movement” and directed 3 of the episodes of Series Five, and directed all of the 6 minute interviews for series 3 & 4.

In between her days off at ABC she was first assistant director for various short films at the Film School and for up-and-coming Indigenous Producers. She believes in mentoring up the next generation of filmmakers. She also is writing a feature “When Love Sails In”

In 2005 she began Core Films and moved into producing “Sa Black Thing”, she hopes to do a feature in the coming years.

Michelle Langford
Michelle Langford studied film, art history and literature at the University of Sydney, where she went on to complete a PhD on the films of German director Werner Schroeter. She currently lectures in film studies in the School of Media, Film and Theatre at the University of New South Wales where she is currently conducting research on the allegorical dimensions of Iranian cinema. Her book on the allegorical films of Werner Schroeter has just been released by Intellect Press.

 

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Photos by Herald Derakhshan & Mehrnaz Mumtahan