Media freedom everywhere is being eroded, controlled and directed by corporate interests. With that in mind, our aim is to contribute to countering that by supporting independent and investigative journalism and filmmaking. We aim to make power accountable.
The purpose of the Dare to Struggle Film Festival is to document, explore and celebrate our collective struggles for social justice, workers’ rights, environmental protection and all endeavours to build a just society.
Objectives of the association
The objects for which the association is established are to:
- amplify the voice of the under-represented through the stories of our shared experiences with this unique festival;
- build on the inspiring history of working class and progressive film groups;
- attract a broad audience with exceptional content that introduces participants to the diversity of radical struggle;
- enable filmmakers to connect with each other, view each others’ films, share their knowledge, ideas and experiences and compete for a number of cash prizes.
Festival Patron – Judy Mundey
Judy is the Patron of the Dare To Struggle Film Festival. Judy has made a massive contribution to progressive and working class politics. With her brilliant organisational skills, sharp intellect and commitment to hard work Judy played a key role in the 1970s in establishing the women’s liberation movement. One of the major projects she collaborated on was the Working Womens’ Charter. In 1979 Judy was elected President of the Communist Party of Australia. This was the first time a woman had lead an Australian political party. Later she became a successful Sydney barrister. Judy supported Jack throughout the growth of the Green Ban movement in the 1960s and 1970s. Together they were prominent figures in the social movements of the later half of the 20th century. Both Judy and Jack were active members of the Greens Party. Their strong personal bond and shared political outlook has assisted the Australian Left over many decades.
Dare to Struggle Film Festival Committee
Paul McAleer – President
Paul is an International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) Asia Pacific Dockers Organiser/Campaigner, former Maritime Union of Australia Sydney Branch Secretary 2009-2021, and Sydney May Day Secretary for many years.
Lee Rhiannon – Vice President
Lee Rhiannon has been involved in social justice, environment and industrial campaigns for over five decades. In 1999 she was elected to the NSW Upper House as a Greens MP. She retired in 2010 and was subsequently elected as a Senator.
John Reynolds – Secretary/Public Officer
For over 30 years John has worked as a filmmaker and teacher. He helped develop community television in Sydney, taught in TAFE colleges for over 15 years and in community, factory and prison settings. He is the coordinator of Art Resistance and has produced many client-based video and television programs, being skilled in both documentary and drama production.
Jill Hickson – Treasurer
Long time left political activist, award winning filmmaker, Jill is known for films on the fall of Suharto in Indonesia and the struggle against the occupation of East Timor where she documented sexual violence against women by the Indonesian military and has made many films over the last 20 years profiling anti-capitalist struggles in Australia and around the world.
Bruce Knobloch – Committee Member
Bruce Knobloch is an activist and educator. He has a particular interest
in labour movement struggles, nationalism, internationalism and class
consciousness and the role of film and music in social change.
Kate Maclean – Committee Member
Kate Maclean is a social worker who has worked with different communities on a range of community development projects to improve outcomes and inclusion for individuals and communities. Currently working in a non-profit community centre in South West Sydney, Kate is passionate about social justice and creating change through innovative and collaborative projects – and is a keen film buff.
Rebecca Semaan – Committee Member
Rebecca has been involved in politics and grass roots activism for over twenty years. Rebecca worked in video production for eight years, on a broad range of social justice issues. She now works in the community service sector.