Central Victorians are gearing up to mark eight days of culturally significant Indigenous events.
National Sorry Day is held on May 26 and acknowledges the history and continued effect of the forced removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The day precedes National Reconciliation Week from May 27-June 3 and celebrates Indigenous culture and aims to strengthen relationships.
The festival launches at 4.30pm on Thursday at the Bendigo Library, with a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony followed by a free screening of Ringtones a short documentary about the ringtones of some of the Yolgnu people of the Gapuwiyak community in Arnhem Land.
The rest of the film festival will feature screenings include Firestarter: The story of Bangarra, In My Blood It Runs, The Sapphires, Wawi, Backtrack Boy, High Ground and Charlie's Country.
A full program with details of all films and activities is available online at bendigo.vic.gov.au/cviff
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