With COVID-19 restrictions still in place, traditional NAIDOC Week celebrations are on hold for this year.
Hunter Primary Care, however, has come up with an alternative option, and is hosting a private screening of Black Divaz – a one-of-a-kind documentary celebrating drag performance as an art form through the lens of Australian Indigeneity.
The not-for-profit’s chief executive Brenda Ryan said that, while it was unfortunate to not be able to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities at NAIDOC Week events this year, the film screening presented an opportunity to bring the community together to develop a deeper understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives, histories and cultures, which could ignite conversation and spark change.
“As an organisation we are committed to providing health and wellbeing services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities,” she said.
“We are also committed to embracing diversity and eliminating all forms of discrimination in the provision of health services.
“We welcome all people irrespective of ethnicity, lifestyle choice, faith, sexual orientation, gender identity; and those who have a lived experience with disability.”
In a major coup, star of the film, Jojo Zaho, will also attend the screening and take part in a Q&A session, giving an insight into the documentary and her experience as an Aboriginal drag performer.
The screening will be shown on Tuesday 10 November at Event Cinemas Kotara.