Dare to Struggle Film Festival
Activism on Screen
The Dare to Struggle Film Festival celebrates the stories and struggles of individuals, groups and communities trying to improve the world and create a fairer and more just society.
The Dare to Struggle team are considering a new project for 2023. Watch for details.
In 2022, the inaugural Dare to Struggle Film Festival 2022 over two days, Friday April 22 and Saturday April 23. Over 300 people attended 4 different Festival screenings and another 100 plus people watched it online. The Festival project was building on the strong history of Australian and International working class and progressive film making the Dare to Struggle Film Festival is a unique festival for filmmakers from all walks of life at any level of film making experience.
What people say about the festival.
We must dare to struggle! On the streets, in our workplaces and through the stories we tell and share, we need films…
Australia’s Industrial laws criminalise union activity. Today if workers take strike action and the union defends its members by setting up a…
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Not just a celebration of independent filmmaking, the Dare to Struggle Film Festival embraces the diversity of radical struggle in Australia and internationally and creates a platform that amplifies the voice of activism.
Jack Mundey, the inspiration behind the festival
Green Ban leader, Jack Mundey, has been a major inspiration for the Dare To Struggle Film Festival. Our title is taken from the slogan made famous by the Green Bans – “Dare to struggle, dare to win”.
In the 1970s Jack led the Builders Labourers Federation that imposed bans on developments that at the time were worth about $5 billion. Using a combination of strikes, direct action and negotiation, the Green Ban movement had many wins saving urban bushland, low cost housing and heritage buildings from the corrupt plans of greedy developers.
Jack was a committed environmentalist and socialist. His inclusive, respectful and courageous style of work helped build many of the great social movements of the later half of the 20th century.
The Dare to Struggle Film Festival is exactly what this city needs right now. We are seeing multiple and connected grassroots movements, all challenging the status quo. Many are coming together to build a fundamentally fairer and more sustainable future. Whether it is the women’s marches for justice, student led climate rallies or First Nations demands that are being expressed through the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a time when radical grassroots struggle is having a real world impact.
There could not be a better time to revisit the work of Jack Mundey in uniting the union, social justice and environmental movements. This is an important festival at a critical time for people and the planet and one that should not be missed.
Greens MP David Shoebridge
David being arrested