THE BAULKHAM HILLS AFRICAN LADIES TROUPE

Australia, 2016 (MIFF 2016, Seeking Refuge)

Director: Ros Horin

"A remarkable and unforgettable piece. It did that rare thing ... transcended its immediate subject matter. Illuminating deeper truths." – George Miller AO on seeing The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe

In 2010, theatre director Ros Horin took on a monumental task: to take the remarkable, intense and sometimes horrifying stories of four African refugee women and transform them into a transcendent work of theatre, starring the women themselves. But in Yarrie, Aminata, Yordy and Rosemary, Horin was to discover women of uncommon courage and charisma, who had passed through the worst that life could throw at the them and were still determined to make their mark on the world.

Directed by Horin herself, The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe tells the story of this five-year process, from the first creative meetings between the women through to the show's electric debut and final performance at the Sydney Opera House. Harrowing and life-affirming in equal measure, The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe is a remarkable portrait of four women finally being given the power to voice the tremendous violence done to them, and to transform their trauma into something cleansing, forceful and awe-inspiring.

Genevieve Bailey, co-founder of doco3000, will host a a Q+A with director Ros Horin and subject Yordy Haile-Michael on 11 August.


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