Asheville's Katie Kasben (no, that's not her in the pic) just returned home after four months in the Australian outback, working with indigenous people and attending the Garma Festival of Traditional Culture.
On Saturday Kasben is holding a benefit fundraiser for the Kanyini Centre, a charity founded by an Aboriginal Australian, "Uncle Bob" Randall, who works for social justice for fellow Aboriginals, a people historically discriminated against (they were classified under the Australian Flora and Fauna Act until a 1967 referendum).
The benefit includes Kasben sharing her experiences in Australia, and also a showing of Kanyini, a movie in which Randall tells why indigenous people struggle in a modern world, and what needs to be done for them to move forward.
Kasben said the 53-minute movie was one of "Indigenous wisdom clashing against materialist notions of progress ... not only a story of one man and his people but the story of the human race."
Uncle Bob's Kanyini Centre, and Sharing Cultures Pty. Ltd.
Tickets are a suggested donation of $5-$10, but no one will be turned away
Fine Arts Theatre, downtown Asheville
7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 5.
Doors open at 6:30