Festival Program


Ask Me Anything: The Afterlife

Sat 25 Aug, 11.30am
ACMI The Cube

Always wanted to know about the afterlife but been afraid to ask? In this group discussion and open question event, Buddhist monk Gyatso (Adrian Feldmann), Imam Bekim Hasani, Reverend Alexandra Sangster and Indigenous elder and Anglican priest Janet Turpie Johnstone share their differing beliefs on the afterlife and answer your queries. With Mark Baker.

This session contains content related to death.

This session is free, no bookings are required.


1 hour

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Session Artists

Mark Raphael Baker is the author of Thirty Days (2017), a memoir about death and grief, and the Fiftieth Gate (1997), a prize-winning memoir about his parents experiences during the Holocaust. He is Associate Professor at the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation in the School of Philosophy, History, International Studies at Monash University.

Gyatso (Adrian Feldmann) graduated in medicine, Melbourne University 1968 and became a Buddhist monk in 1975. He has established monasteries in France and Australia and has travelled the world studying and teaching Buddhist meditation and philosophy. He has written three books: The Perfect Mirror, A Leaf in the Wind, and The World and Ourselves - Buddhist Psychology.

Imam Bekim Hasani hails from the Albanian ancestral lands of Kosova. In December 2011, he began his role as the official Imam of Melbourne’s first Mosque – the Albanian Australian Islamic Society’s (AAIS) ‘Albanian Mosque’. Imam Hasani successfully completed his degree in Islamic Studies (Shariah) at the University of Brunei Darussalam and Masters in Shariah - Criminal Law in Islam. He also speaks several languages, namely, Albanian, English, Arabic, Bosnian, Turkish and Malay.

Rev Alexandra Sangster is a Minister with the Uniting Church. She has worked as an actor, facilitator and writer across multiple disciplines. Currently she performs with Melbourne Playback. Alex is passionate about breaking open Story in ways that liberate and awaken and in ways which create connections between those who are spiritually hungry but culturally anti-institution.

Janet Turpie-Johnstone completed a theological degree in 1999 and was ordained as an Anglican Priest that same year. She is on the board of the Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place, the Boorndawan Willam Aboriginal Healing Service, and the Burrinja Cultural Centre.

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