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Arts, Community, Education, Environment, Health & Wellbeing, Human Rights, Indigenous, Social Justice, Youth
Storykeepers is a celebration of an extraordinary individual, Boori Monty Pryor, who throughout his life has risen against the odds to become a celebrated author and storyteller. Growing up as an Aboriginal kid, dodging the cops in Townsville, Boori was asked by a school teacher what he wanted to do when he grew up; ‘stay alive’ was his response. When his brother Paul chose to take his own life, Boori cast aside his own deep anguish, and took on the work his brother had started as a cultural storyteller, performer and teacher. Three decades later Boori has worked with more than a million children in classrooms all over the country and written a bunch of award winning books. His books, including the biography Maybe Tomorrow, have moved the hardest of hearts, and wherever he goes Boori meets his audiences with humour, love and inclusivity. Storykeepers goes on the road with Boori to see him at work and play, performing in front of thousands of people around Australia. Spiraling deeply into the stories and sharing the heartbreak, love and humour that sit behind them, Storykeepers takes viewers into the heart of the man and the heart of the country, in new and groundbreaking ways. In watching Boori share his stories we are constantly asking what it means to be Australian. As Director Hayden Layton observes, “As a white young man, I was surprised to find we have such a large wealth of beauty to be proud of, so much waiting for us all to love, celebrate and to be proud of in this country’s culture. Where were was this when I was growing up?” With unfettered access to Boori, his family, the schools he visits and the people he works with, Storykeepers is able to delve deeply into the stories and their source. We hear about the barefoot kid with seven sisters who grew up in the mangroves and we see the man that he has become – a multi award winning author and storyteller. We see also the profound impact the stories have on audiences of young and old alike, we see the hunger for people to connect experience and culture through story and Boori’s extraordinary ability to facilitate this. While Storykeepers explores concepts that are often highly politicised and can be confronting, we endeavour to approach a conversation on our national Identity in a open and inclusive way. Rather than constructing a traditional didactic piece with many talking heads, this documentary will be playful, energetic and creative. It will move through time, space and form mixing up fly-on-the-wall accounts and intimate reflections artfully spliced with interviews and 20 years of unreleased writing and spoken word poetry alongside animated and live action sequences. It will appeal to a broad audience and spark a desire in people creatively embrace a new identity. We hope to this documentary will start conversations between the young and the old, the recently arrived and the people who’ve lived here for over 40 thousand years.
Community, Education, Health & Wellbeing, Human Rights, Refugees, Social Justice
A celebratory story of one woman’s unique efforts to empower migrant women, and put the idea of ‘Multiculturalism in Australia’ into practise. Rosemary Kariuki is on a mission. Her goal is to draw migrant women out of their suburban ghettoes, expose them to new ideas, new experiences and each other so they can better participate in Australian society. However her means are anything but orthodox. Laughter is a key part of her plan. Rosemary is impossible to resist. Over the course of a year, she creates a unique series of playful, cross-cultural adventures that see the women travelling to new places and truly expanding their lives. An intimate portrait and insight into the lives of migrant women in Australia today.
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Over 40,000 years of culture. A celebration of spirit, land and wisdom that connects us all, KANYINI is a sacred principle of unconditional love and responsibility to all things. It is a principle that underpins Aboriginal Indigenous life, linking four main areas of responsibility:Tjukurrpa (philosophy, Law and religion)Ngura (country – land)Waltytja (family and kinship)Kurunpa (spirit, soul and psyche) KANYINI the film chronicles the experiences of respected Central Australian Indigenous Elder and Stolen Generation survivor “Uncle” Bob Randall as he communicates the concept of Kanyini to Australians via his personal story to ‘whitefella’ filmmaker Melanie Hogan. Told with passion, political insight, dignity and warmth, this is not only a story of one man and his people but the story of the human race that draws on notions of caring, support, nurturing, and responsibility. In the original film (Produced and Released in 2006) Randall tells of his experiences in his own words and paints a fascinating and troubling portrait of two cultures in conflict occupying the same land. We are now twelve years on. Uncle Bob Randall sadly passed away in 2015 and with full support from Uncle Bob’s family and community, KANYINI - The Film, is to set to be re-released with a new introduction from Uncle Bob’s daughter Dorethea presenting the film in the context of today’s cultural and political context.Oneness. Life is Spirit. Spirit is Life. With a significant shift in cultural consciousness over these last 12 years, Uncle Bob’s message is more pertinent than ever. It is about walking together in harmony with understanding, respect and pride. It is about creating a friendship, and a channel of two-way learning so that as a country and a group of people on this land, we can go deeper. Deeper into understanding and accepting our collective history so as to be proud of our land, our unique history, our foundations and move forward to heal more deeply as a nation.“It is only through understanding the way our past has shaped our present, that we create a better future allowing Indigenous and non indigenous cultures to truly come together and reconnect with the land” Uncle Bob Randall.