‘Where the Water Starts’ movie screening and panel discussion

The LRSJ is screening the documentary, Where the Water Starts. This film reveals how the fragile alpine region, particularly Kosciuszko National Park, has been affected by decades of policy failings and environmental degradation. The film explores our shared Indigenous and colonial histories and identities, focusing on the theme 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.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion furthering the themes explored in the documentary. We will be joined by:

Richard Swain

Richard is featured heavily in the film, drawing on his own experiences and extensive knowledge of Country. He also works as an indigenous river guide, running his own ecotourism business in Kosciuszko National Park. He has a long history of volunteering on local environmental and community projects and has first-hand understanding of the huge impact feral animals are having on Australia’s natural environment.

Dr Isa Menzies

Dr Menzies is also featured in the film, sharing her expertise on how the horse has been deployed in discourses of national identity and belonging. She completed her PhD at the Australian National University, with her research centring on the horse in Australian culture, from film and literature to its representation in Australian museums and cultural institutions.

Peta Bulling

Peta is an Environmental Scientist, nature and human rights activist, and Law (Honours) student studying at the ANU. She has worked in climate change and renewable energy advocacy; and currently works as a Biodiversity Campaigner for the Conservation Council ACT and in community law reform with GreenLaw.  Peta works to marry the spheres of law and ecology to create effective environmental policy and law, and as a Queer, mixed-race person, Peta is devoted to environmental justice and minority representation in environmental policy.

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01 Sep 2022


7:00 pm - 9:30 pm