Beyond The Father’s Shadow is a short film by Iranian-Australian feminist documentary filmmaker Saba Vasefi. It is the story of Australia’s first female parliamentarian, Edith Cowan. The film reveals the struggles behind her ascent to power. Saba Vasefi uses metaphoric and poetic imagery to depict how Edith Cowan’s traumatic childhood experiences motivated her to become a social worker and then the first female member of the Australian parliament.
The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion on misogyny & Politics. It will be launched by Author, Full Stop Patron and UNICEF Ambassador Tara Moss, Hosted by Greens Member of the NSW Legislative Council Dr Mehreen Faruqi. Andrea Ulbrick (ABC Commissioning editor) will MC the event.
Panelist included: Dr Mehreen Faruqi: Member of the NSW Legislative Council, Tara Moss: Author, Full Stop Patron and UNICEF Ambassador, Saba Vasefi: Filmmaker,Refugee Council of Australia Ambassador for Refugee Week, Human rights Activist, Lee Rhiannon: Senator for NSW, Sarah Hanson-Young: Senator for SA, Hon Linda Burney: Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Shadow Minister for Education & Aboriginal Affairs, Van Badham: Guardian Columnist, Writer & Social Commentator, Dr Wendy Michaels: Historian, Honorary Research Fellow, University of Newcastle; Director, The Women’s Club; Convenor and Rose Scott: Women Writers’ Festival.
The event will be held at NSW Parliament House on August 26,2015 at 6-9pm.