Community Doco Screening, 12 June

TITLE: Two Raging Grannies, documentary by Håvard Bustnes
DATE: Sunday, 12 June
VENUE: Old Cobargo Butter Factory (Cobargo-Bermagui Rd) at 3.30 pm
TIME: 3.30pm Coffee and tea provided – bring your own mug. To help cover costs, a $5 donation is much appreciated, thank you. BRING A BLANKET.


Two raging grannies on their mobility scooters set out on a journey across the USA. They travel from Seattle to Wall Street on a quest to challenge the idea that we must continue to shop, consume, amass, and keep the economy growing.

Shirley (90) and Hinda (84) grew up during the great depression. They are, and have always been, engaged in social and political issues. In fact Shirley has been in jail around 20 times for her activism. The current financial crisis, the global warming and their worry about the grandchildren’s future have made them question the common worldview that we need perpetual economic growth.

This is the starting point for a journey coast to coast where they’re looking for new answers. Attending a lecture at the University of Washington, their straightforward questions get them kicked out by the professor. Seeking advice from a financial advisor, they learn that “only a meteor could stop economic growth”, and sneaking into a Wall Street charity dinner and grabbing the microphone, they end up being abused by a security guard.

Their personal mission binds them together, but travelling in their old age also brings out new challenges. Sometimes they bicker like an old married couple and their intimate relationship is at times tense, but always filled with humour and love. This is a film searching for new answers, but also a film about friendship, coming of age, illness and fear of death. Love from the family gives the ladies strength when they are close to giving up. They won’t find a clear solution and simple responses, but looking for an answer is keeping them very much alive.

AQUA aimed to inspire government leaders to reduce carbon emissions, activate community support, and build better conservation practices on the reef. It was screened at Parliament House Canberra, Screen Australia studios Sydney, and locally to schools and the community in the Bega Valley. In Copenhagen, the film screened with Safri Duo playing live to the film. It was quite an experience.

Watch the trailer online

See you there.
Lena Kuppins

From a community mailout by Lena Kuppins. If you’d like to subscribe to Quaama community emails, go to our Contact page and Join the Quaama Community Mailing List.