MDFF: Where the Water Starts

Listed as a national heritage area in 2008 the Australian Alps is the birthplace of some of our iconic rivers. The trampling of hard hoofed animals is endangering the headwaters of the Murray and Murrumbidgee Rivers and the thirty-four threatened native species of plants and mammals that live in this unique and sensitive habitat. A law protecting feral horses in Kosciuszko National Park and the ongoing impacts of climate change are taking their toll.
Where The Water Starts reveals how these challenges are seen by Indigenous and non-Indigenous people who were born or live in the southern mountains area, or who care deeply about it.

The film brings together respected Aboriginal community leaders as well as businesspeople, a local farmer, a scientist, a former parks officer and an academic. It explores our shared colonial and Indigenous histories and identities. Revealing the beliefs of its core interviewees, it focuses on the themes of caring for Country as a shared responsibility of all Australians; that the best of Aboriginal connection and the best of regenerative science can work together for a better future for the alpine environment and the planet.

Screening with Short Film WASTEWATER: THE TALE OF TWO CITIES (23m): The other tale of two cities - both plagued by decades of lack of investment and racial discrimination in their wastewater infrastructure and facing further challenges amidst climate change - told by community members, advocates, utility operators, and elected officials. As the nation grapples with how to fund long overdue infrastructure needs, this film brings to light the need for urgency and equity in these decisions.

Legend Deluxe: In-Cinema dining session.
Event: Special event screening, complimentary & discount tickets do not apply
CC & AD: Closed Captions or Audio Description available for individual/personal use in those shows indicating a 'CC & AD' notation on a film's session time booking button. Please note that only selected sessions are capable of offering the Closed Captions or Audio Description option, please contact the cinema in the event of confusion to avoid disappointment.

Session times for the new cinema week, commencing each Thursday, will be released the Tuesday afternoon prior

Rating E
Genre Documentary
Running Time 71
Language
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