Building Bridges by Katy Barbier-Greenland

Somehow I managed to get up SUPER early, ready for my 4:15am conference presentation at Building Bridges between Disciplines live via Zoom! Of course in Melbourne it was the very reasonable time of 2:15pm.

We did have a few technical difficulties, but I was really happy with how things went overall. Thanks to Swinburne for including me from across the oceans! Thanks in particular to my supervisor Deb Dempsey for saying ‘yes’ to the possibility of me zooming in, to Carolyn Beasley for organising the tech, and for Greg Every for chairing the session I was in.

It was a fabulous program and a well-organised conference - heard really positive things about the rest of the day. See you in 2019!

Forgotten Brides: Missing Fetine by Katy Barbier-Greenland

An incredible feature-length documentary film has been released very recently, Missing Fetine, chronicling an Australian woman's search to uncover what happened to her great aunt Fetine, after she was forced to marry and leave her homeland of Cyprus as a fourteen year old in the 1930s. Fetine was sold to a Palestinian man, married off as a child bride. In undertaking their research for this film, the filmmaker Yeliz Shukri discovered this wasn't a lone case, but there were hundreds more girls that were forced into a similar ordeal in the context of extreme poverty. The film takes a human rights approach and it looks like a remarkable family secret story, unravelled and told with empathy and respect. Can't wait to see it. 

Trailer available on Vimeo: