In January 2023, the NFSA’s Senior Manager Indigenous Connections, Gillian Moody, welcomed Aboriginal artist and activist Richard Bell to the NFSA for a screening of the documentary You Can Go Now (2022), directed by Larissa Behrendt.
You Can Go Now is a heartwarming and provocative film which showcases 50 years of First Nations activism through a look at the life, work and writings of Richard, a member of the Kamilaroi, Kooma, Jiman and Gurang Gurang communities.
The documentary stands proudly at the intersection of social justice and art as it peels back layers of history and inspires moments of learning.
Through Richard’s openness and honesty, it challenges audiences and encourages them to reflect on their own experiences.
Following the screening, audiences joined a conversation with Richard, director Larissa Behrendt and Gillian Moody.
They discussed the value of learning from First Nations communities and the importance of having difficult conversations, as well as sharing humorous behind-the-scenes stories involving a dog that refuses to put up with racism.
Watch the full conversation with Richard, Larissa and Gillian below: