The Power of Resistance at MWF18

At MWF, we are proud to bring together a diverse range of voices to discuss the issues that affect us all. Browse through some of our standout sessions that celebrate the power of resistance and showcase the myriad voices that form part of the Festival.

West Writers: In Parallel Universe: Sharing stories from Melbourne’s west, Footscray Community Arts Centre’s West Writers Group will exhibit the works of their collective. Aiming to amplify the stories and voices of the region, this event will showcase the group in performance. This event is produced by West Writers artists Sumudu Samarawickrama, Christina Taylor and Nikki Tran. 25 Aug, 2.30pm


Homecoming Queens: Two of the masterminds behind SBS comedy Homecoming Queens, Corrie Chen and Michelle Law, meet with Yassmin Abdel-Magied, who made her acting debut on the show. They chat to Yumi Stynes about making the series in the context of the one thing nobody wanted to talk about: race. 26 Aug, 2.30pm


Resistance & Lyricism: Join Peruvian-Australian music video director and writer Triana Hernandez, New Zealand poet, playwright and musician Courtney Sina Meredith and storyteller, educator and DJ Sista Zai Zanda in a conversation and performance about the role of music in activist movements, and the lyricism of resistance. With Lucreccia Quintanilla. 26 Aug, 8.30pm


Alexis Wright: Boisbouvier Oration : What is the power and purpose of literature? Alexis Wright, the only author to win both the Miles Franklin Award (Carpentaria) and the Stella Prize (Tracker), examines this question in her lecture as the Boisbouvier Chair in Australian literature at The University of Melbourne. 29 Aug, 6.30pm


How I Survived: Fablice Manirakiza & Paulie Stewart: Former African child soldier turned rapper and young Victorian achiever of the year Fablice Manirakiza discusses the healing power, strength and influence of music with his mentor, Paulie Stewart, front man of Painters and Dockers and member of Jesuit Social Services. 31 Aug, 4pm


Black Lives, Refugee Lives: An estimated one in ten Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander deaths is from suicide. An estimated 50 percent of refugees to Australia are further traumatised by immigration processes. Riyadh Al-Hakimi, Gerry Georgatos and Megan Krakouer on learning, empathy, hope and ways forward. 1 Sep, 1pm


Staged: The Lebs: Experience performed readings from award-winning writer Michael Mohammed Ahmad’s confronting, claustrophobic, violent and unrelentingly authentic new novel The Lebs, which explores the experience of Lebanese-Australian students at Punchbowl Boys High School in Western Sydney. 1 Sep, 2.30pm


How I Survived: Nayuka Gorrie & Nakkiah Lui: Co-writers and stars of ABC’s irreverent Black Comedy, Nayuka Gorrie and Nakkiah Lui discuss their experience of breaking into the world of television comedy writing as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, sharing how they supported each other along the way. 1 Sep, 2.30pm


WrICE Papers Salon: Be immersed in the imaginative worlds of Asia and Australia through a collage of readings on life and death. An ensemble performance weaves together the voices of 12 diverse writers from Mumbai to Melbourne, Seoul to Singapore. 2 Sep, 10am