Documentary Australia Foundation

Next submission deadline is
16 May 2014

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Director /
Producer
Roz Wollmering
Approval
Date
2009 January
Total
Budget
AUD $Pre-production and production budget is 35, 079
Length
55 minutes
Stage
Production
Issue
Indigenous

About the film

The film will follow the journey of four young Aboriginal volunteers, Trent, Michael, Kelli and Lorelle who are taking up the challenge of international volunteering for ten weeks in rural India. They will work within a marginalised community to assist meet its self-identified goals while developing personal leadership skills. Motivating their journey is their Aboriginal communities back home, who will need their abilities to build a more optimistic future. They struggle and succeed throughout their experience and aim to inspire other young people to take the same challenge into leadership and transfer these skills and knowledge into their home communities.

Aims of the project
The purpose of the documentary project is to grow awareness of this community-based, youth led program in a "story-telling" format in a way that will be accessible to Aboriginal communities. It is expected that this approach will garner support and understanding for piloting a similar program in Aboriginal communities here in Australia drawing on the values and principles of a successfully managed community development program in India.

"This documentary project is about reciprocity, bringing the stories and experiences back to Aboriginal communities in a way that is accessible and as a bridge to the next step."
Bruce Hammond, Chair of Volunteering SA&NT Aboriginal Reference Group

Total Project Budget

AUD $Pre-production and production budget is 35, 079

Length of Production

55 minutes

Stage of Production

Production

How does the project meet the aims of a philanthropic foundation?

This documentary is a crucial link between an existing youth-led, community based program in India and the development of a similar program in Aboriginal Australia upon their return. Four young Aboriginal volunteers have an opportunity that will enhance their personal and professional development as well as the acquisition of leadership skills, while working with and for disadvantaged peers in -an Indian community.

As mentioned on the previous page, the purpose of the documentary is to grow awareness of this community-based, youth led program in a "story-telling" format in a way that will be accessible to Aboriginal communities. It is expected that this approach will garner support and understanding for piloting a similar program in Aboriginal communities here in Australia drawing on the values and principles of a successfully managed community development program in India.

"This documentary project is about reciprocity, bringing the stories and experiences back to Aboriginal communities in a way that is accessible and as a bridge to the next step."
Bruce Hammond, Chair of Volunteering SA&NT Aboriginal Reference Group

What outcomes do you hope to achieve by making this film and how will you measure its impact?

To document how young people can make a difference and contribute towards positive change and sustainable community development in an international setting.

To record the success of a youth-led, community based program that works with young peole in the driver's seat to meet the community's needs.

To share this documentary with as many Aboriginal communities as possible – aiming to provide hope and opportunities to work with AVI and the Aboriginal Reference Group to develop similar programs in Aboriginal Australia.

To share this documentary with Australian communities in order to promote reconciliation aims including inclusive participation on international development programs.

This film will raise awareness to young Aboriginal people and demonstrate the potential opportunities available to young people to be able to create change in their own lives and communities.

Success will be measured by: number of viewers, attendees at educational activities following the film, and feedback provided.

The impact of the film will also be measured by how many communities get in touch with AVI or the Aboriginal Reference Group wanting more information about international volunteering or developing a youth-led, community based program as a result of watching this film.

What is your education and outreach strategy

The "story telling" format is paramount in communicating this opportunity to Aboriginal communities in Australia. More information on our education and outreach strategy is available upon request but below is a snapshot.

As a tool for evaluating development outcomes of the community-based, youth-led
program in India.

As a way of informing program planning and guiding us in any changes that may need to be made for appropriateness in Aboriginal communities.

As a promotional tool to encourage Aboriginal youth to volunteer both in Australia and overseas.

To encourage Aboriginal communities to sign up for a pilot program drawing on the values and principles of the Indian model. If pilot/s are successful, it can be shown in other communities to promote "take up".

To demonstrate "reconciliation" at work.

Encourage donors to contribute to pilot program/s and future Aboriginal scholarship placements for international volunteering.

In addition the film team, AVI and Volunteering SA & NT, including the Aboriginal Reference Group have widespread networks for distributing this film. E.g, through the Reference Group alone, this film could reach every Aboriginal community in SA and the NT as well as Aboriginal media networks in these states.

Who are the filmmakers responsible for the project?

Writers: Hollie Fifer, Glenn Manton
Director: Hollie Fifer
Producers: Christina Jenkins, Andy Mullins, Roz Wollmering
Line Producers: Students Partnership Worldwide (SPW) India
Executive Producers: Australian Volunteers International (AVI), Volunteering SA & NT and the Aboriginal Reference Group (ARG)
Director of Photography: Stefan Markworth
Sound Recordist: Russell Smith
Script Supervisor: Andy Mullins

Hollie Fifer is in her second year studying a Bachelor of Film and Television at Swinburne University under the Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship, Hollie's passion lies in documentaries and has a genuine story telling ability. Having just been offered an additional scholasrship, she is soon off to study at Leeds Metropolitan University in the UK.

Andy Mullins of Sand Hill Productions is one of the producers of the award-winning documentary, Kanyini. Andy is providing expertise and support during pre-production, production and post production of the documentary.

Glenn Manton is a qualified teacher, former AFL footballer, co-founder of White Lion and mentor for Red Dust Role Models. Through his mentoring role in Aboriginal communities he has an understanding of issues facing Aboriginal people and is very committed to preserving the "story telling" tradition.