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May 01, 2022 03:00 PM - Randwick Ritz, Sydney

BIGGER THAN US shares the inspiring and uplifting stories of seven young campaigners from around the globe. From Bali to Malawi, these bright young leaders are beating the odds, working towards a better future... and showing us all how it's done!  

Kismet welcomes you to this very special event screening of Bigger Than Us at the Randwick Ritz (Sunday May 1 @ 3pm, 45 St Pauls St, Randwick). The screening will be preceded by Chloe Beckley's short film SAVE OUR SOUL, presented in partnership with AFTRS.

Following the film will be an empowering Q&A with the Bali-based star Melati Wijsen (via Zoom), plus special guests (live on stage) including Nick Moraitis, CEO of the Foundation for Young Australians, Claire Rogers of Run For It and Rachael Hocking of IndigenousX… Then join us for a FREE drink and chat in the cinema foyer. 

After the screening, you will receive FREE access to an Australian Exclusive: the BIGGER THAN US MOBILISATION MASTERCLASS presented online by Melati Wijsen and Youthtopia, where you'll learn the fundamentals and practical tips for becoming a changemaker. (Experienced campaigners can gift their access to a friend). 

This event is presented in association with Foundation for Young Australians and Youthtopia, with the generous support of Bailador Technology Investments.

BIGGER THAN US is classified M and is recommended for people aged 15 years and over.

 

Special Guests

Melati Wijsen

https://biggerthanus.film/en/melati-wijsen

Protagonist, ‘Bigger Than Us’; Founder, Youthtopia

Melati (a young Indonesian/Dutch activist and changemaker) established Bali’s ‘Bye Bye Plastic Bags’ campaign when she was just 12, and successfully banned plastic bags, straws and Styrofoam on the environmentally vulnerable island. She has subsequently spoken at TED and the United Nations, where she is an Alumni Member of the UN World Ocean Day Youth Advisory Council. Named among TIME Magazine’s “Most Influential Teens” and CNN’s “Heroes: Young Wonders”, Melati has now launched her own youth mobilisation project YOUTHTOPIA to empower youth through education and provide them with the tools they need to be changemakers.

 

Rachael Hocking

Creative Development Manager, Indigenous X

https://indigenousx.com.au

Rachael Hocking is a Warlpiri woman from the Northern Territory, currently living on Gadigal land in Sydney. She is a journalist, curator and presenter who is passionate about sharing First Nations stories. Her work can be found across Black media, from the national Indigenous newspaper Koori Mail to NITV. She is a director on the board for the Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma (Asia Pacific), and Common Ground.

 

Claire Rogers

https://run4it.org/

Politics doesn’t have to suck. Run For It is a powerful movement of young people working to rebuild our democracy and create a better kind of politics for future generations. Young people can determine election outcomes.

In order to see young people represented in politics and create major change in Australia, we need to see young people more informed, engaged, and involved in all types of decision making. 

Run For It builds young leaders who will be ready to take on the established political class by demanding economic, social and climate justice for all.

Nick Moraitis

CEO, Foundation for Young Australians

https://www.fya.org.au/

Nick Moraitis is CEO at the Foundation for Young Australians. Nick’s passion is creating a more engaged democracy and backing young people leading the way. Prior to joining FYA, Nick spent eight years as Executive Director of Australian Progress, the leading capacity-builder for civil society organisations. Over the years, Nick has worked in New York, Toronto, London, Sydney and Melbourne on issues ranging from the digital divide and human rights to climate change and education.

MC: Stéphanie Denizard

Multi-talented Stéphanie was born in Montreal to Haitian parents. A popular vocalist (in French, English, Créole and Portuguese) with her band Athésia and the Gentlemen, she has performed in Brazil, Peru, Argentina and Asia just to name a few. At Sydney's Eastside FM, Stéphanie was the producer & presenter of the weekly Queen Kafe slot, and is familiar to local cinemagoers as the host of exclusive post-screening Q&A events. She believes in the responsibility of entertainment with consciousness, meaning and purpose, a mantra that keeps her heart in tune with her mission.

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May 03, 2022 06:30 PM - Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas

BIGGER THAN US shares the inspiring and uplifting stories of seven young campaigners from around the globe. From Bali to Malawi, these bright young leaders are beating the odds, working towards a better future... and showing us all how it's done!  

Kismet welcomes you to this very special event screening of Bigger Than Us at Nova EastEnd (Tuesday May 3 @ 6.30pm, 3 Cinema Place, Adelaide). The screening will be preceded by Chloe Beckley's short film SAVE OUR SOUL, presented in partnership with AFTRS.

Following the film will be an empowering Q&A with the Bali-based star Melati Wijsen (via Zoom), plus special guests (live on stage) including Lee Carnie, Executive Director: Advocacy & Campaigns for the Foundation for Young Australians; Billy Zimmerman, Welfare Officer for the National Union of Students; and Tabitha Stephenson Jones of School Strike for Climate, Youth Forum SA & Youth Affairs Council SA (YACSA). Then join us for a FREE drink and chat in the cinema foyer. 

After the screening, you will receive FREE access to an Australian Exclusive: the BIGGER THAN US MOBILISATION MASTERCLASS presented online by Melati Wijsen and Youthtopia, where you'll learn the fundamentals and practical tips for becoming a changemaker. (Experienced campaigners can gift their access to a friend). 

This event is presented in association with the Foundation for Young Australians and Youthtopia, with the generous support of Bailador Technology Investments.

BIGGER THAN US is classified M and is recommended for people aged 15 years and over. 

 

Special Guests

Melati Wijsen

https://biggerthanus.film/en/melati-wijsen

Protagonist, ‘Bigger Than Us’; Founder, Youthtopia

Melati (a young Indonesian/Dutch activist and changemaker) established Bali’s ‘Bye Bye Plastic Bags’ campaign when she was just 12, and successfully banned plastic bags, straws and Styrofoam on the environmentally vulnerable island. She has subsequently spoken at TED and the United Nations, where she is an Alumni Member of the UN World Ocean Day Youth Advisory Council. Named among TIME Magazine’s “Most Influential Teens” and CNN’s “Heroes: Young Wonders”, Melati has now launched her own youth mobilisation project YOUTHTOPIA to empower youth through education and provide them with the tools they need to be changemakers.

 

Billy Zimmerman

National Welfare Officer at the National Union of Students 

NUS.asn.au

Billy Zimmermann is the Welfare Officer with the National Union of Students, the peak representative body for post-secondary students. He is studying Arts and International Relations at the University of Adelaide.

 

Lee Carnie

Executive Director, Advocacy & Campaigns, Foundation for Young Australians

Foundation for Young Australians

Lee Carnie has worked on strategic litigation, campaigns and advocacy for a range of equality law reforms across Australia, including marriage equality, stronger human rights and anti-discrimination protections, hate speech laws, birth certificate reforms, and access to gender-affirming treatment for trans young people. Prior to joining FYA, Lee was the Strategic Advocacy & Policy Manager at Victoria Legal Aid, focusing on Robodebt, urgent COVID-19 measures to prevent poverty and homelessness, and advocacy to the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System.

 

MC: Felicity Blake

Impact Producer and Documentarian, The Dove Media

Felicity is the Australian Impact Producer for Bigger Than Us (supported by Kismet). Impact Producers create strategic campaigns that link audiences to opportunities for real-world changemaking action. 15 years ago Felicity established The Dove Media to create and amplify true stories that change hearts, minds and behaviour.

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May 02, 2022 06:30 PM - Lido Cinemas

BIGGER THAN US shares the inspiring and uplifting stories of seven young campaigners from around the globe. From Bali to Malawi, these bright young leaders are beating the odds, working towards a better future... and showing us all how it's done!  

Kismet welcomes you to this very special event screening of BIGGER THAN US at the Lido Cinema (Monday May 2 @ 6.30pm, 675 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn). The screening will be preceded by Chloe Beckley's short film SAVE OUR SOUL, presented in partnership with AFTRS.

Following the film will be an empowering Q&A with the Bali-based star Melati Wijsen (via Zoom), plus special guests (live on stage) including Laura O’Connell Rapira, Executive Director: Movement Building for the Foundation for Young Australians, Desiree Cai of Tomorrow Movement, and a representative from Seed Mob… then join us for a FREE drink and chat in the cinema foyer. 

After the screening, you will receive FREE access to an Australian Exclusive: the BIGGER THAN US MOBILISATION MASTERCLASS presented online by Melati Wijsen and Youthtopia, where you'll learn the fundamentals and practical tips for becoming a changemaker. (Experienced campaigners can gift their access to a friend). 

This event is presented in association with Foundation for Young Australians and Youthtopia, with the generous support of Bailador Technology Investments.

BIGGER THAN US is classified M and is recommended for people aged 15 years and over.

 

 

Special Guests

Melati Wijsen

https://biggerthanus.film/en/melati-wijsen

Protagonist, ‘Bigger Than Us’; Founder, Youthtopia

Melati (a young Indonesian/Dutch activist and changemaker) established Bali’s ‘Bye Bye Plastic Bags’ campaign when she was just 12, and successfully banned plastic bags, straws and Styrofoam on the environmentally vulnerable island. She has subsequently spoken at TED and the United Nations, where she is an Alumni Member of the UN World Ocean Day Youth Advisory Council. Named among TIME Magazine’s “Most Influential Teens” and CNN’s “Heroes: Young Wonders”, Melati has now launched her own youth mobilisation project YOUTHTOPIA to empower youth through education and provide them with the tools they need to be changemakers.

 

Desiree Cai

Campaigns Lead, Tomorrow Movement

https://tomorrowmovement.com/

Desiree Cai is a campaigner and organiser working at Tomorrow Movement to build an unstoppable movement of young people fighting for a future with good jobs, great public services and a safe climate for all. She is passionate about organising young people to build power in their communities while campaigning on climate, economic and racial justice, and lives on Wurundjeri land in Naarm (Melbourne).

 

SEED Mob

https://www.seedmob.org.au/

Seed is Australia’s first Indigenous youth climate network. They are building a movement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people for climate justice with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition. Their vision is for a just and sustainable future with strong cultures and communities, powered by renewable energy. Climate change is one of the greatest threats facing humanity, but Seed also knows it is an opportunity to create a more just and sustainable world.

 

Laura O'Connell Rapira

Executive Director, Movement Building, Foundation for Young Australians

Foundation for Young Australians

Laura is a takatāpui (queer and Māori) human from the lands of Te Ātiawa, Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Whakaue and Ngāruahine in Aotearoa New Zealand, as well as County Kerry in Ireland. Prior to joining FYA, Laura was the director of ActionStation, an independent campaigning organisation with over 400,000 members working towards a society, economy, and politics that serves everyday people and Papatūānuku (Earth Mother). In 2014, Laura co-founded RockEnrol, a youth-led and volunteer-powered initiative to build and activate electoral power for young people.

 

Kelly Albion

Kelly Albion has been a climate activist since they were in high school, and joined 350.org in November 2019 with a fire in their belly to take on the fossil fuel lobby. Kelly manages the Fossil Free campaigns team and supports the Organising Team to inspire hundreds of new activists. Previously they were building a generation-wide movement to solve the climate crisis at the Australian Youth Climate Coalition in various roles including campaigns, communications, schools program coordination and supporting the work of Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network. Kelly enjoys dancing, hiking and taking on the bad guys.

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April 26, 2022 06:30 PM - New Farm — Five Star Cinemas

BIGGER THAN US shares the inspiring and uplifting stories of seven young campaigners from around the globe. From Bali to Malawi, these bright young leaders are beating the odds, working towards a better future... and showing us all how it's done!  

Kismet welcomes you to this very special event screening of BIGGER THAN US at New Farm Cinemas (Tuesday April 26 @ 6.30pm, 701 Brunswick St, New Farm). The screening will be preceded by Chloe Beckley's short film SAVE OUR SOUL, presented in partnership with AFTRS.

Following the film will be an empowering Q&A with the Bali-based star Melati Wijsen (via Zoom), plus special guests (live on stage) including Nick Moraitis, CEO of the Foundation for Young Australians and Alex Fuller of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition.... then join us for a FREE drink and conversation in the cinema foyer. 

After the screening, you will receive FREE access to an Australian Exclusive: the BIGGER THAN US MOBILISATION MASTERCLASS presented online by Melati Wijsen and Youthtopia, where you'll learn the fundamentals and practical tips for becoming a changemaker. (Experienced campaigners can gift their access to a friend). 

This event is presented in association with Foundation for Young Australians and Youthtopia, with the generous support of Bailador Investments.

BIGGER THAN US is classified M and is recommended for people aged 15 years and over.

 

Special Guests

Melati Wijsen

https://biggerthanus.film/en/melati-wijsen

Protagonist, ‘Bigger Than Us’; Founder, Youthtopia

Melati (a young Indonesian/Dutch activist and changemaker) established Bali’s ‘Bye Bye Plastic Bags’ campaign when she was just 12, and successfully banned plastic bags, straws and Styrofoam on the environmentally vulnerable island. She has subsequently spoken at TED and the United Nations, where she is an Alumni Member of the UN World Ocean Day Youth Advisory Council. Named among TIME Magazine’s “Most Influential Teens” and CNN’s “Heroes: Young Wonders”, Melati has now launched her own youth mobilisation project YOUTHTOPIA to empower youth through education and provide them with the tools they need to be changemakers.

 

Alex Fuller

Co-National Director, Australian Youth Climate Coalition

The Australian Youth Climate Coalition is Australia’s largest youth-run organisation. Their mission is to build a movement of young people leading solutions to the climate crisis. Young people have the most to lose from global warming, but they also have a lot to gain. Climate change is our best opportunity to create a world that works for everyone, not just a few. We can power our lives with the wind and sun, and ensure access to clean energy and job opportunities for all.

Nick Moraitis

CEO, Foundation for Young Australians

https://www.fya.org.au/

Nick Moraitis is CEO at the Foundation for Young Australians. Nick’s passion is creating a more engaged democracy and backing young people leading the way. Prior to joining FYA, Nick spent eight years as Executive Director of Australian Progress, the leading capacity-builder for civil society organisations. Over the years, Nick has worked in New York, Toronto, London, Sydney and Melbourne on issues ranging from the digital divide and human rights to climate change and education.

MC: Felicity Blake

Impact Producer and Documentarian, The Dove Media

Felicity is the Australian Impact Producer for Bigger Than Us (supported by Kismet). Impact Producers create strategic campaigns that link audiences to opportunities for real-world changemaking action. 15 years ago Felicity established The Dove Media to create and amplify true stories that change hearts, minds and behaviour.

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April 26, 2022 06:30 PM - Luna Leederville

BIGGER THAN US shares the inspiring and uplifting stories of seven young campaigners from around the globe. From Bali to Malawi, these bright young leaders are beating the odds, working towards a better future... and showing us all how it's done!  

Kismet welcomes you to a this very special event screening of Bigger Than Us at the Luna Leederville (Tuesday April 26 @ 6.30pm, 155 Oxford St, Leederville). The screening will be preceded by Chloe Beckley's short film SAVE OUR SOUL, presented in partnership with AFTRS.

Following the film will be an empowering Q&A with the Bali-based star Melati Wijsen (via Zoom), plus special guests (live on stage) including Roxy Moore, Executive Director: First Nations, of the Foundation for Young Australians, and Tobiasz Miller of Boorloo Justice.

After the screening, you will receive FREE access to an Australian Exclusive: the BIGGER THAN US MOBILISATION MASTERCLASS presented online by Melati Wijsen and Youthtopia, where you'll learn the fundamentals and practical tips for becoming a changemaker. (Experienced campaigners can gift their access to a friend). 

This event is presented in association with Foundation for Young Australians and Youthtopia, with the generous support of Bailador Technology Investments.

BIGGER THAN US is classified M and is recommended for people aged 15 years and over.

Luna Cinema is fully licensed. It is a requirement that under-18's must be accompanied and supervised by a responsible adult.

 

Special Guests

Melati Wijsen

https://biggerthanus.film/en/melati-wijsen

Protagonist, ‘Bigger Than Us’; Founder, Youthtopia

Melati (a young Indonesian/Dutch activist and changemaker) established Bali’s ‘Bye Bye Plastic Bags’ campaign when she was just 12, and successfully banned plastic bags, straws and Styrofoam on the environmentally vulnerable island. She has subsequently spoken at TED and the United Nations, where she is an Alumni Member of the UN World Ocean Day Youth Advisory Council. Named among TIME Magazine’s “Most Influential Teens” and CNN’s “Heroes: Young Wonders”, Melati has now launched her own youth mobilisation project YOUTHTOPIA to empower youth through education and provide them with the tools they need to be changemakers.

 

Tobiasz Millar

Boorloo Justice

https://www.facebook.com/boorloojustice/

Toby is a four-year trained primary school teacher. During his studies he worked as an Aboriginal Liaison Officer, and Aboriginal Teacher Assistant. He also tutored a homework club of Aboriginal boys in care with WA’s Department of Communities. In 2020, Toby joined Boorloo Justice, a First Nations-run, not-for-profit grassroots organisation advocating for BIPOC/LGBTQIA+ people.

Roxanne Moore

Executive Director, First Nations, Foundation for Young Australians

https://www.fya.org.au/

Roxanne Moore is a Noongar woman and human rights lawyer from Margaret River in Western Australia. She was the Executive Officer for the National Peak body on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (NATSILS). Before joining FYA, Roxanne was an Indigenous Rights Campaigner with Amnesty International Australia and Principal Advisor to Change the Record Coalition.

 

MC: Sam Lara

Screen director Sam Lara is the WA chapter head of the Australian Directors' Guild. Her first feature documentary, Laura’s Choice, has been nominated for and won multiple awards, including the Doc Edge International Film Festival's 'Fearless Award'. Sam is a lifelong activist who wrote her first letter lobbying the Prime Minister when she was 10. 

 

Director >

Flore Vasseur

Cast >

Melati Wijsen, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Mohamad Al Jounde, Rene Silva, Mary Finn, Memory Banda

Genre >

Documentary

Classification >

M

Running Time >

97 mins

For six years, Melati has been fighting the plastic pollution that is ravaging her country, Indonesia. Like her, a generation is rising up to fix the world. Everywhere, teenagers and young adults are fighting for human rights, the climate, freedom of expression, social justice, access to education or food. Dignity. Alone against all odds, sometimes risking their lives and safety, they protect, denounce and care for others. The earth. And they change everything.

 

For six years, Melati has been fighting the plastic pollution that is ravaging her country, Indonesia. Like her, a generation is rising up to fix the world. Everywhere, teenagers and young adults are fighting for human rights, the climate, freedom of expression, social justice, and access to education or food. Dignity. Alone against all odds, sometimes risking their lives and safety, they protect, denounce and care for others. The earth. And they change everything

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