Every October, hundreds of happenings around Australia make up Anti-Poverty Week, an annual event dedicated to fighting poverty and hardship.
This year, one of them is an exclusive screening of STEP. This doco travels to inner-city Baltimore, US, to capture the story of an all-girls step team whose goal is to make it to college — despite none of their family members having attended before. Against a background of social unrest and discrimination, they strive to win scholarships, supported by their teachers, coaches, counsellors and families. At Sundance 2017, STEP won the US Documentary Special Jury Award for Inspirational Filmmaking.
The STEP screening is being held by the Brotherhood of St Laurence, a community organisation that's been tackling poverty across Australia since 1930, through both grass roots initiatives and policy development. In keeping with the tone of the evening, a guest speaker from the Brotherhood will be sharing stories of local youths fighting their way out of poverty through education.
This special screening will take place at 6pm on Wednesday, October 17. Tickets are $30 per person and include complimentary drinks and nibbles before the film. For more info on the event and to purchase tickets, visit the Brotherhood of St Laurence website.