The Outback

As part of our commitment to the underprivileged

communities in the outback, Harmony Film Festival is proud to work with Aboriginal teens in remote areas of the country providing them with skills and training in film & video making.

There is so much rich Koori history, culture, knowledge of the land and the bush medicine that need to be recorded and preserved for future generations. By teaching local Aboriginal teens filmmaking not only we provide them with skills and optimism for a better future but also an outlet to express themselves and to share their art, stories and challenges that they face with others.

In May 2006 we spent two weeks in Yirrkala, Eastern Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory working with Yolngu teens at the local school. This trip was organised with the assistance and support of NT Health Department, AOD (Alcohol and other Drugs) and the Rotary Club. A six-minute video was produced by the year 9-10 students in which they starred, the soundtrack of the video was provided by Yuthu Yindi. 

To create more enthusiasm for film & filmmaking, while there we also had a screening of the festival's films organised at the Nhulunbuy Town Hall which attracted about 70 people.

  

The teens that we trained have moved on to work on a new video now for their community which provides awareness about drug and alcohol abuse. We are committed to their long term and systematic development and are going back to Yirrkala to provide further support and training to these talented teens.

The Arnhem Land is the cultural heart of Aboriginal Australia and has produced many great artists, dancers, singers and actors. We hope that through our initiative we'll be able to discover and train the future filmmakers of this region.

We are ready to offer our Outback Film School to all areas and regions in the country that need our experties. So if you would like to find out more about our work in the outback or wish to provide support & sponsorship so that we can continue this worthy effort contact us.

 

See some images of the trip below