Through the eyes of children living in the Northern Territory, KIDS is an observational documentary that examines the ways, often under extreme circumstances, Indigenous families are striving to pass on cultural knowledge. It offers a chance to view education, learning and success, in a new light.
For 7 years Director, Maya Newell has been invited by Arrernte Elders in Alice Springs to make films about the empowering work they do to educate their children.
KIDS focuses on education in and beyond-the-classroom, and magnifies the profound successes that are rarely captured by mainstream narratives.
Offering a narrative that allows people to see learning in a new way, this film invites global audiences onto unfamiliar ground, where they can experience the value of an Aboriginal worldview and begin to understand the nuances of knowledge systems that have been passed down in an unbroken line for 60,000 years.
This is a film about belonging and becoming. An underlying problem that impacts on kids everywhere is a disconnection from identity that sustains and nourishes growth. This film asks, how can we value the strengths of the Indigenous knowledge systems and support kids to succeed as cultural leaders, as well as to be educated and literate in the western world?
“Everyone talks about making our children ready for school, but we have to make school ready for our children.” - Margaret Kemarre Turner OAM, Arrernte Elder