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The fourth annual Indie Gems Film Festival launches Thursday 12th September at the Riverside Theatre, Parramatta. The festival showcases both local and international independent cinema over three days, 12th to 14th September.

Opening night of the Festival will feature the powerful documentary Pharaoh vs the Egyptians, directed by well-known Australian comedian, Akmal Saleh. Egyptian-born, Akmal returns to Egypt to explore how the people risked
their lives in order to protest against decades of oppression and overthrow a dictator in rule for over 30 years.

Other highlights of the Festival program include the Cambodian short documentary by Academy Award winning
filmmaker Cynthia Wade, Born Sweet, and the multiple award-winning documentary I am Eleven by Australian filmmaker Genevieve Bailey who traveled the world for six years talking with 11-year-olds to compose an insightful and funny portrait of childhood.

Closing night of the Festival will feature Gossip Nation, the first Nollywood (Nigerian cinema) film produced in
Australia, which follows the conflicts and dramas of a community of African immigrants and refugees that have settled in Blacktown.

Rounding out the Festival’s program will be a number of networking events, Q&A sessions with directors, a student
film competition and a panel discussion on the future of the film industry.

WHEN: 12 – 14 September, 2013

WHERE: Riverside Theatre – Corner Church and Market Streets, Parramatta

TICKETS: Available online or from the Box Office: 02 8839 3399