In Conversation + Film: George Gittoes on White Light

10.45AM Sat 5 Oct 2019 (2hrs 5mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Ticketed

SYNOPSIS

TICKET INCLUDES FILM AND 30-MINUTE DISCUSSION

Australian artist, producer, writer and filmmaker George Gittoes and producer Hellen Rose have filmed in some of the world’s fiercest war zones, but Chicago’s south side may be their toughest assignment yet. Join Gittoes (whose work is in the QAGOMA Collection), Rose and Peter McKay (Head of Australian Art, QAGOMA) as they discuss their documentary White Light 2019 and how they find humanity amid the chaos.

White Light 2019 Ages 18+

After a career spent documenting war zones, George Gittoes (Soundtrack to War 2005, Snow Monkey 2015) travels to the south side of Chicago, a neighbourhood under siege from gun violence.

In Englewood, statistics on gun violence are higher than any active armed conflict, leading locals to dub the area ‘Chi-Raq’. In this urban war zone, young people are the frequent targets, decimating families and fracturing the community. Installing himself within a local gang, Gittoes traces how racial segregation, high unemployment and ready access to firearms combine to contribute to a cycle of gun crime. Rather than surrender to violence, however, shooting survivors and community leaders hope to turn the tide through music and local collective action.

CREDITS

96 MINUTES, USA, AUSTRALIA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: GEORGE GITTOES / SCRIPTWRITER: GEORGE GITTOES / PRODUCERS: HELLEN ROSE, GEORGE GITTOES / CAST: SMILEY, SOLJA, LIL DAVE / RIGHTS: GITTOES FILMS PTY LTD / SCREENING FORMAT: DCP