July 2017 - Dancing in the Rain (Qld)

On Thursday 22 June, Hepatitis Queensland and the Hepatitis B Community Education Projects Team launched Dancing in the Rain at the Brisbane Multicultural Arts Centre in Kangaroo Point.

Dancing in the Rain is a short film, which follows TK and his family as he learns about hepatitis B after the death of his mother. The film aims to raise awareness of hepatitis B by highlighting the importance of being tested, and if found to be living with hepatitis B, how to engage in regular monitoring, and treatment if necessary. The film also explores the serious health issues associated with hepatitis B in a lighthearted way with the hope that this will engage the audience and raise awareness of hepatitis B among the African/Australian community in Queensland.

The launch of Dancing in the Rain was a night of African glamour with many members of the Brisbane African community involved in the event. The amazing team at Four Petits Choux decorated the space, including an artificial hedge with lux styling, which became the backdrop for photos as the guest walked in on the red carpet. MC for the night, Marylaura Kato, kicked off the evening with a warm welcome and acknowledgment the traditional custodians of the land of the Turrbal and Jagera People.

The first performance of the night was made by MnB Entertainment, a well-known local dance troupe featuring two of the actors from the film, Michel and Latrice Kabamba. Michel plays Dr Anan and Latrice plays Fely in Dancing in the Rain.

The dance was followed with music performed by Tichawona Mashawa and wife, Velvet who wowed the audience with a drumming circle. Their performance included the traditional Zimbabwean instrument the Mbira.

Tichawona Mashawa, velvet and Fungisai

Tichawona Mashawa, velvet and Fungisai

After this vibrant introduction the festive atmosphere quietened for the screening of Dancing in the Rain. Hepatitis Queensland worked with Flick Chicks to bring this project to fruition. From co-writing the script, to sourcing actors, filming and producing, this brilliant coop of people helped Hepatitis Queensland to produce a professional and informative film, which we hope has an impact on the wider African community in Queensland and across Australia.

Following the screening, Fungisai Siggins took to the stage to tell her story of lived experience of viral hepatitis, and encouraged all guests to speak to their families about hepatitis B.

The evening ended on a high note, with another performance by MnB Entertainment, and the cast and crew of Dancing in the Rain gathered on stage to a standing ovation.

Dancing in the Rain will be available online in the coming weeks. A link will be provided here once available.

MNB Entertainment

MNB Entertainment

Hepatitis Queensland hopes that Dancing in the Rain can be incorporated into education and health promotion activities to engage clients at risk of hepatitis B. For more information about Dancing in the Rain please contact Lana at abc@hepqld.asn.au for more information.