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Award-winning Australian Documentary
Filmmaker to Visit UW-Eau Claire Feb. 18

 MAILED:  Feb. 5, 2004

EAU CLAIRE —Glen Stasiuk, writer, producer and director of the award-winning Australian documentary “The Forgotten,” will visit the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire on Feb. 18 to screen his film and talk with students interested in filmmaking, Aboriginal culture and indigenous studies.

The film, which will be shown at 4 p.m. in Davies Theatre, was voted best documentary and received an Award for Excellence – Achievement in Documentary at the 2002 Screen Academy Festival and also was honored with the Best Documentary Production award at the 2003 West Australian Screen Awards in March 2003.

Stasiuk, who is currently director of the Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia, will introduce the film and answer questions after the screening. He will be accompanied by Vanessa Fernandez, Murdoch’s recruitment adviser. Fernandez also will be available to talk with students about programs available at Murdoch University, the site of one of UW-Eau Claire’s study abroad programs.

“The Forgotten” was part of Stasiuk’s honors project at Murdoch University in 2002 and was carried out in conjunction with Dr Martin Mhando, program chair of media studies at Murdoch and 2001 Oscar nominee for his film “Maangamizi.” “The Forgotten” is a 40-minute film about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service men and women who served, fought and died for their country in all of the wars and peace-keeping missions that the Australian armed forces were involved in during the 20th century. It also contains a personal story about Stasiuk’s great uncle, who was the first Aboriginal soldier to receive a military medal in the First World War.

Stasiuk is a maternal descendent of the Kaniyang/Goreng Nyungars Aboriginal people of the southwest of Western Australia, and his paternal family are immigrants from post-war Russia. According to Fernandez, these rich and varied cultural backgrounds have allowed Stasiuk, through his filmmaking, to explore culture, knowledge and diverse narratives. He lectures at Murdoch in media studies, university studies and cultural issues.

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Updated: February 5, 2004