The world-famous Kimberley region is under threat, with mining and big agriculture driving an unprecedented land grab. What will be left of over 200 remote Aboriginal communities? Kimberley Project
investigates what is happening in an area now branded “the future economic powerhouse of Australia,” and what this means for traditional owners, traditional lands and unique Indigenous cultures.
Albert Wiggan, Alfie White and Merle Carter are three Traditional Owners to be affected. While Senior Elder Merle has seen it all, including the government’s closure of Oomulgurri in 2011, cultural boss Alfie is shocked by a new assault on his rights, recently evicted from his Country despite his Native Title. Young icon Albert takes a fresh approach to fighting for his homelands, touring the world with John Butler as a musician and activist, between on-Country protests.
This is a distinctly Australian story, but international in scope. In 2015 the Kimberley Land Council’s trip to the UN went viral and protestors took to the streets and social media around the world. As the fight against the Dakota Pipeline becomes an international campaign, questions of Indigenous rights in the contemporary moment demand answers.
Between ecological uncertainty and the race to tap natural resources, who gets to define what meaningful negotiation
looks like? What is the path to social justice for first peoples in 2017?We invite you to view our teaser, gallery, latest updates and more about the team by navigating the tabs above, plus more on story, philanthropy and impact below.
How does the project meet the aims of a philanthropic foundation?
Kimberley Project advocates for Indigenous rights in relation to land, law and culture. Combining the powers of documentary film and outreach campaigns, we will rally government, industry, and the international public for positive social change in 2017 and beyond.We invite you to join our family of advocates. This is one of our most timely stories, and certainly one of our most vital.
The film is nearly fully financed, with just a small gap to find for the film’s production, plus a sum for the outreach campaign. So far we have raised:
Screen Australia: $200,000
State agencies: $ 123,837
MIFF Premiere Fund: $60,000
Producer Offset: $205,945
Private Investment: $ 17,500
Marketplace Advances: $ 20,000
Donations: $ 7,000
TOTAL RAISED: $634,282
FINANCE GAP: $65,718
From a production budget of $700,000, we are looking for $65,718 to finish the film. For our social impact, education and outreach campaign, we need to raise an additional $100,000.
Here are some examples:
- $5,000 will allow us to pay our Indigenous consultants
- $10,000 will go towards employing a local sound recordist for the shoot
- $20,000 will pay for a local cameraman and equipment
- $70,000 will fund our picture post-production, from editing right up to producing the Digital Cinema Package for our international festival release.
What outcomes do you hope to achieve by making this film and how will you measure its impact?
Aims & Objectives
1. INFORM & EDUCATE
Often we are asked, what is a remote Aboriginal community? This film demystifies that question, among others. What does life in the Kimberley look like? How do communities operate? What is the history of development in the region, and what are the challenges now?2. CHANGE THE CONVERSATION
This film dispels the myths and misinformation that are fuelling public debate. It humanises a story currently overwhelmed by dollar signs and social statistics, giving voice to the resilient people who live in these places.3. INSPIRE ACTION
As one of our interviewees simply put it, ‘the first step is to get a white person to say hello to an Aboriginal person on the street.’ This is a human story that will inspire empathy. It will empower its audience to take action, via web and other media, whether that means speaking up, donating, or applying pressure to particular power-brokers.4. INCREASE INDUSTRY ACCOUNTABILITY
Our aim is to increase corporate social responsibility around Indigenous issues – not empty financial gestures, but industry accountability.
Meaningful negotiation is a phrase commonly thrown around by developers of Indigenous lands, but the definition can be elusive. Only by syncing up the expectations of developers and traditional owners, and reporting on those outcomes, can we begin on the path to meaningful collaboration.5. INFLUENCE DECISION MAKERS
As another of our interviewees put it, ‘how is a politician in Canberra equipped to make decisions about my life in a remote community in far North Western Australia?’
Our ambition is to challenge the arms-length nature of public policy-making, connecting those in power with those on the land. There are both short and long-term aspects to this goal, both enabled by a more informed voting public.MEASUREMENT
- Advances in public and corporate discourses will be tracked through media monitoring, especially web traffic and other online activity.
- Advocacy will be measured through web click-throughs, as well as stats from a partner organisation like Getup around petition figures and donations.
- Education impact will be measured by uptake by schools, universities and other institutions.
- Changes to policy are ambitious but clear markers of impact.
What is your education and outreach strategy?
We are working with specialist Impact Producers on a comprehensive Impact & Outreach strategy that follows in the footsteps of films like CHASING ASYLUM, FRACKMAN, GAYBY BABY, SHERPA and THAT SUGAR FILM. EDUCATION
This includes a suite of classroom and teaching resources in line with each curriculum, and will be supported by a national campaign for broader community awareness.COMMUNITY OUTREACH
We will screen the film as broadly as possible to those who have a direct relationship with the film’s themes and issues - professionals in Indigenous health, law, human rights, social justice, policy makers, politicians and educators. This includes cinemas and non-traditional venues such as universities, community centres and workplaces, plus a roadshow tailored for remote Aboriginal communities.
We are working now to leverage existing audiences through like-minded social media groups, as well advocacy partners such as change.org, Get Up, Amnesty and Oxfam. OTHER EVENTS
We have begun discussions with universities and non-profits about co-presenting opportunities and partnerships. Our subject matter lends itself to guerilla events, both live and online, which can only draw more attention to the issue.