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RAW: The Global Fight to Save Real Cheese
Community, Education, Environment, Health & Wellbeing, History, Human Rights, Rural, Social Justice
A fight is underway to save the world's greatest traditional artisanal cheeses... and preserve a way of life almost as old as Western Civilization. "RAW: The global fight to save real cheese" is a multi-part documentary series that takes us into the lives of a handful of the world's greatest cheesemakers who - despite their wonderful products with reputations for excellence - are fighting for the survival of their livelihood and way of life. The series offers privileged access to the workrooms and homes of these passionate and driven characters. It's a sweeping story that plays against stereotypes. This isn't an old vs new story, with a simplistic 'the old ways are better' theme. It's much more nuanced and engaging than that, telling a story that is timely and important addressing themes of globalisation, industrialisation of agriculture and cultural heritage. Here are the facts: In the "Old World" of continental Europe some of the greatest and most celebrated cheeses are endangered and going extinct. Meanwhile in the "New World" of Australia, New Zealand and the US, artisanal cheese makers - inspired by ancient techniques - are creating entirely new products with new flavour profiles, in effect 'reinventing the wheel'. But they are confronting their own challenges, from regulators and the large manufacturers who are trying to "bottle farmstead magic". The series asks big questions: what can we as consumers do to preserve much-loved cheeses like Camembert? Can science save the traditional ways of life by providing sound scientific arguments for maintaining traditional work practices currently deemed unsafe by regulators? Or, is science going to find ways to produce cheese that is as delicious as traditional artisanal cheese, but at a lower price, and wipe out centuries of heritage and culture? Will the top New World Cheesemakers discover a way forward that might yet save the Old World Cheesemakers from cultural extinction?
Aged, Community, Education, Environment, Health & Wellbeing, History, Human Rights, Indigenous, Rural, Social Justice, Youth
We follow Melbourne based musician Allara Briggs Pattison, a Yorta Yorta woman, on her journey to connect with her identity, her family and her culture. Allara feels disconnected from her Aboriginal heritage and decides to dedicate time to understanding where she comes from. She educates herself on the detrimental impacts of systemic racial policies, and her courage and ability to articulate her people's history becomes powerful. Along her journey, Allara learns about the Yorta Yorta’s unprecedented fight for Native Title and is astonished by a newspaper article from December, 2002 titled ‘Once again, Yorta Yorta told they don’t exist’. After long discussions with her grandfather and uncle and spending time out bush, Allara returns to Melbourne to unravel the events of the Native Title claim. She meets solicitor, Peter Seidel, who represented the Yorta Yorta people throughout the claim. He reveals the unjust result that hinged on a ‘Frozen in time view of Aboriginality’. Allara immediately challenges this perception and decides to meet with other family members to discuss contemporary cultural practice. During this time, Allara begins working at the State Library Victoria as the Koori Research Officer where she learns even more about the history of Victorian Aboriginal people and begins to teach others how to access archives to research their own family history. As Allara finds her place within her own Aboriginal community, she immerses herself in protests to stop changes to the Native Title Act that would weaken the Act and the voices of Traditional Owners. As Allara comes to the end of a long journey making this documentary, she chooses to focus her energy on establishing her career as an influential musician and fundamentally, a Yorta Yorta woman who strives to use her voice to continue strengthening the bonds between her family, culture and country. Featuring: Allara Briggs Pattison, Uncle Don Briggs, Uncle Boydie (Uncle Alf Turner), Sue Briggs, Karen Briggs, John Briggs, Marinda Pattison, Peter Seidel, Suzie Russell.
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 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.