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BWC fundraiser: screening of Sonita – 18 May!

Sonita tells the remarkable, inspiring story of its namesake: a gutsy, defiant, 14-year- old Afghan refugee who fights to live the way she wants as an artist, musician and singer. This remarkable film is not on general release, but we have secured an exclusive screening at Cinema Nova. Funds raised from this special screening will help the choir.

Watch the official trailer now.

Be seated by 7pm to catch a special performance by the Brunswick Women’s Choir before the film.

Event details

When: Thursday 18 May – 7pm performance / 7.30pm screening
Where: Cinema Nova, Carlton
Tickets: Online at Trybooking: $22 full / $15 concession
Tickets are only available online (not tickets at the door)!

Film synopsis

Sonita is 18-years- old, an undocumented Afghan illegal immigrant living in the poor suburbs of Tehran. She is a feisty, spirited, young woman who fights to live the way she wants, as an artist, singer, and musician in spite of all her obstacles she confronts in Iran and her conservative patriarchal family. In harsh contrast to her goal is the plan of her family – strongly advanced by her mother – to make her a bride and sell her to a new family. The price right now is about US$9.000.

The main storyline of the film builds around Sonita’s struggle to escape a forced marriage. She fights with the dilemma of not losing her family, but still be able to build a life of her own. In order to do so, she needs to obtain resident status, and to record and make video clips for her songs on a miniscule budget. Through this, we witness her family and their dilemmas and get to know her friends and colleagues who are also child laborers in the NGO “House of Affection”. Will Sonita be forced into marriage? Will she succeed in recording her songs? Will her family manage to take her back to Afghanistan? The film unfolds in Sonita’s home, at the NGO and in music studios in and around Teheran. Later we will need to travel to her hometown in Afghanistan.

Jesse Blackadder at Caroline Mikkelsens landing site

Benefit concert: Homeward Bound & Dominica Whelan Endowment

The Brunswick Women’s Choir have been invited by the Brunswick Rogues Choir to join them and the Bigmouth Choir for a family-friendly afternoon of music in support of two worthy causes.

Homeward Bound is a state of the art leadership, strategic and science initiative for female scientists, set against the backdrop of Antarctica. Over the next ten years Homeward Bound aims to build a network of 1000 women in science with the best skills in leadership and strategy execution working together for a sustainable future for people and the planet. The first expedition takes 78 women to Antarctica in December 2016, including 10 women from Victoria.

The Dominica Whelan Endowment has been established within the Victoria University Foundation and will be used to support indigenous and disadvantaged women with access to legal services through a range of scholarship and community outreach programs.

When: Saturday 18 June
Time: 1 – 4pm
Where: Pirates Tavern, 82 Nelson Pl, Williamstown VIC

Performances from:
A cappella songs about the environment and folk songs from around the world

With songs that celebrate nature, protest social injustice and embrace the human spirit, singing about life with joy and passion

Characterised by being big, having mouths, and singing awesome arrangements of modern-ish songs
Tickets: on the door by donation
Recommended: $20
Concession: $10

For more information:
Homeward Bound:
Dominica Whelan Endowment:

Photo by David HoskenAuthor Jesse Blackadder travelled to Antarctica on an Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship to research her novel about the first woman to reach Antarctica). 

New York Calls Brunswick Women’s Choir!

An extraordinary invitation has arrived on our doorstep!

 Brunswick Women’s Choir has been selected by audition out of a field of womens choirs from around the world to participate in a performance of ‘Choral Music for Women’s Voices’ with the DCINY Concert Series in celebration of International Women’s Day on March 10 2014 at Lincoln Centre’s Avery Fisher Hall in New York.

The initial request from New York for the choir to audition came ‘out of the blue’ according to Choir Director Cathy Nixon and the choir sent off copies of its most recent recordings with very little idea of what chance they might have. The success of their audition is a huge compliment to the choir’s accomplishments and a once in a lifetime opportunity for choir members to perform at New York’s equivalent of our Sydney Opera House with singers from around the world!

The challenge of course is how to fund such a huge venture with a very short lead time and choir members will be meeting to consider their options.