VIRTUAL VIEWING PARTY Servant or Slave (2016)
Date & Time
Servant or Slave is an emotional and confronting insight into the history and legacy of the domestic servitude enforced upon Aboriginal girls in Australia, told through the firsthand accounts of five women. Many thousands of girls were stolen as young children from their parents and placed in institutions, to be trained as domestic servants and be ‘assimilated’ into mainstream Australian society.
Rita Wright, Violet West and sisters Adelaide Wenberg, Valerie Linow and Rita Wenberg endured immense hardship, rape and even torture. Forced to work as domestic servants, with the government exercising complete control over their wages , they were effectively condemned to officially sanctioned slavery from which there was little hope of escape.
Servant or Slave observes the strength and determination of these courageous women as they pursue justice for the crimes committed against them.
This will be a virtual event via Zoom and Beamafilm.
💥 There is a TWO STEP registration process:
1. Register below to receive the Zoom meeting details.
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2. Set up a Beamafilm account at least 2-3 days before the event. This is required to watch the film. It is 100% FREE for SMSA members.
(NB: No action is required if you already have a Beamafilm account through SMSA or another library)
The forcible removal of Aboriginal children from their families is a painful truth of modern Australian history, but it is a history half told. The accounts of five Aboriginal women stolen from their families as young girls reveal another agonising dimension to this story.
— Melissa Compagnoni, NITV Radio
If you are not aware of our own history of slavery, this film tells a big story, with a human face.
— Cath McLeish, New Matilda
Servant or Slave (2016)
Director: Steven McGregor
Writers: Hetti Perkins and Mitchell Stanley
Producers: Hetti Perkins and Mitchell Stanley
Featuring: Rita Wright, Violet West , Adelaide Wenberg, Valerie Linow and Rita Wenberg
Duration: 57 mins
How will the Virtual Viewing Party work.
This “Virtual Viewing Party” will provide you with an opportunity to watch and discuss this documentary with like-minded people.
NB: You must set up a Beamafilm account to watch the film. Please do this at least 2-3 days before the event. Beamafilm is 100% FREE for SMSA members. Instructions are below. Click here for instructions.
For this documentary, members will be briefly welcomed in Zoom, then asked to log into Beamafilm to watch the documentary. Following the film, we will convene on Zoom for a general discussion of the documentary..
|12.30pm||Zoom Part 1 (Optional – members may choose not to join this session)|
Welcome and short intro
Log into Beamafilm and watch Servant or Slave
|approx 1.45pm||Zoom Part 2|
General discussion of film between participants
Important: You will need a Beamafilm account to watch this film.
To watch this film, you will need to have a Beamafilm account. Beamafilm is 100% free for SMSA members. Please set up your Beamafilm account at least 2-3 days before the event.. (No action is required if you aleady have an account).
It is your responsibility to do this ahead of time, as staff will not be available to assist you on the day of the screening.
To set up your Beamafilm account.
- SMSA members can set up a Beamafilm account for FREE using your SMSA Member Number, which can be found on the back of your membership card or by emailing the Library at firstname.lastname@example.org. Beamafilm is 100% free for SMSA members. Click here to set up your Beamafilm account.
- Non-members are welcome join SMSA at smsa.org.au/join Once the library has processed your membership and sent you your Member Number, you can then create your FREE Beamfilm account. NB: Please allow 2-3 additional days for the Library to process your membership and send your SMSA Member Number to you. Memberships cannot be processed over the weekend.