Film Night and Q & A: The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe

Film screening followed by Q & A with Director Ros Horin and Aminata Conteh-Biger.

An inspirational story of courage and resilience, that reveals the transformative power of story-telling through the arts. The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe is an inspirational new documentary, celebrating the remarkable resilience and spirit of four African Australian women from Eritrea, Kenya, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Aminata, Rosemary, Yordy and Yarrie all fled violence and sexual abuse in their homelands, eventually finding a safe haven in Australia. For years they each held their pain within, until they decide to join a theatre group and speak out.

Under the nurturing guidance of acclaimed theatre director Ros Horin, the four women came together to let their life stories be transformed into an extraordinary theatrical experience, which became a sell-out success from its very first show.

Filmed over three years this new documentary charts the personal journeys of Aminata, Rosemary, Yordy and Yarrie, from their first theatre group meeting through trauma, healing and public triumph, as The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe travels from western Sydney, to the city, to the international stage.

The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe had its World Premiere at the Sydney Film Festival in June and was named one of the top five Australian documentaries in the Audience Awards. Following two sell-out screenings at the Melbourne International Film Festival, it came third in the Audience Awards for documentary.

Heartrending, heartfelt and ultimately uplifting, the film offers a message of hope and support for women and children who have suffered around the world, whether in the context of war, or in a domestic situation.

The NSCC screening of this film is kindly supported by North Sydney Council.