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Human Rights Arts & Film Festival

OUR TREE – Forged from Fire screening at the Human Rights Arts & Film Festival.

As communities in Victoria supported each other through the aftermath of the Black Saturday fires, blacksmiths the world over united to create the most ambitious public artwork and memorial in Australia – The Blacksmiths Tree.

A week after Black Saturday a group of blacksmiths agreed to create from their own fires a gum tree that would not only survive another fire, it would unite fire affected communities across Victoria. Five years on, the completed Blacksmiths Tree was installed in Strathewen, on the same day as it was conceived – Valentines Day.
By combining locally composed music, stills, videos, time-lapse, aerial footage and interviews shot by blacksmiths, volunteers, film-makers and the general public, Our Tree – Forged From Fire, tells a story of how the idea of forging a few leaves gathered artisans with strong community traditions to create the 9.8 metre, 3 tonne stainless steel and copper Blacksmiths Tree.

Our Tree, an exhibiting documentary by Andrew Garton, illuminates stories of resilience and healing through the making of The Blacksmiths Tree, from its inception to its completion.

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Human Rights Arts & Film Festival

OUR TREE – Forged from Fire screening at The Human Rights Arts & Film Festival.

As communities in Victoria supported each other through the aftermath of the Black Saturday fires, blacksmiths the world over united to create the most ambitious public artwork and memorial in Australia – The Blacksmiths Tree.

A week after Black Saturday a group of blacksmiths agreed to create from their own fires a gum tree that would not only survive another fire, it would unite fire affected communities across Victoria. Five years on, the completed Blacksmiths Tree was installed in Strathewen, on the same day as it was conceived – Valentines Day.
By combining locally composed music, stills, videos, time-lapse, aerial footage and interviews shot by blacksmiths, volunteers, film-makers and the general public, Our Tree – Forged From Fire, tells a story of how the idea of forging a few leaves gathered artisans with strong community traditions to create the 9.8 metre, 3 tonne stainless steel and copper Blacksmiths Tree.

Our Tree, an exhibiting documentary by Andrew Garton, illuminates stories of resilience and healing through the making of The Blacksmiths Tree, from its inception to its completion

Human Rights Arts & Film Festival

OUR TREE – Forged from Fire screening at The Human Rights Arts & Film Festival.

As communities in Victoria supported each other through the aftermath of the Black Saturday fires, blacksmiths the world over united to create the most ambitious public artwork and memorial in Australia – The Blacksmiths Tree.

A week after Black Saturday a group of blacksmiths agreed to create from their own fires a gum tree that would not only survive another fire, it would unite fire affected communities across Victoria. Five years on, the completed Blacksmiths Tree was installed in Strathewen, on the same day as it was conceived – Valentines Day.
By combining locally composed music, stills, videos, time-lapse, aerial footage and interviews shot by blacksmiths, volunteers, film-makers and the general public, Our Tree – Forged From Fire, tells a story of how the idea of forging a few leaves gathered artisans with strong community traditions to create the 9.8 metre, 3 tonne stainless steel and copper Blacksmiths Tree.

Our Tree, an exhibiting documentary by Andrew Garton, illuminates stories of resilience and healing through the making of The Blacksmiths Tree, from its inception to its completion

Human Rights Arts & Film Festival

OUR TREE – Forged from Fire screening at The Human Rights Arts & Film Festival.

As communities in Victoria supported each other through the aftermath of the Black Saturday fires, blacksmiths the world over united to create the most ambitious public artwork and memorial in Australia – The Blacksmiths Tree.

A week after Black Saturday a group of blacksmiths agreed to create from their own fires a gum tree that would not only survive another fire, it would unite fire affected communities across Victoria. Five years on, the completed Blacksmiths Tree was installed in Strathewen, on the same day as it was conceived – Valentines Day.
By combining locally composed music, stills, videos, time-lapse, aerial footage and interviews shot by blacksmiths, volunteers, film-makers and the general public, Our Tree – Forged From Fire, tells a story of how the idea of forging a few leaves gathered artisans with strong community traditions to create the 9.8 metre, 3 tonne stainless steel and copper Blacksmiths Tree.

Our Tree, an exhibiting documentary by Andrew Garton, illuminates stories of resilience and healing through the making of The Blacksmiths Tree, from its inception to its completion

Screening at Human Rights Arts & Film Festival

The exhibiting documentary version of OUR TREE – Forged from Fire premiered at the 2014 Human Rights Arts & Film Festival. The season opened Saturday 10 May at 6pm at the Big Screen, Federation Square, Melbourne.

Amanda Gibson and Andrew Garton at Federation Square, launch of the exhibiting documentary. Photo by Kerry Cross
Amanda Gibson and Andrew Garton at Federation Square, launch of the exhibiting documentary. Photo by Kerry Cross

For more information about our screening events at HRAFF here’s our catalogue entry.