UPDATES JUNE 2020: NEW FILM FORMAT
Over the last few months, Rev. Dr. Gondarra and I have had to re-think a few significant things about making a full length film and how we can get it completed in this current time of uncertainty.
We have decided to replace the idea of a full length film with creating FREE education resources hosted on a website.
We will produce 8 x 20 minute short films on important subjects, messages and higher wisdom from Dr. Gondarra and others. The focus will be on creating awareness raising, inspiring and educational resources. (including accredited lesson plans for teachers). Over time, we can keep adding to these segments and build a library of resources for all to watch and share.
This is a NON PROFIT project, all of the resources will be made freely available for all to access, learn from and share.
We are looking for sponsorship to help us make these resources freely available to all.
*Tax deductible donations are warmly accepted through Documentary Australia Foundation, please get in touch with us to find out how you can easily do this - [email redacted]
*For large donations, we would love to talk with you as you would certainly deserve a credit in the film.
A NEW REDUCED TOTAL OF $160,000 IS NEEDED TO:
1. Complete Filming: Costs for 1 film trip to Darwin and Arnhem Land with a small crew to film more interviews and supporting footage.
2. Editing: Cost of our editing team to weave 8 x 20 minute short films together. This includes transcribing, logging, translation etc.
3. Post Production: Costs for researching and licensing of archives, licensing of music, narration fees, and the grading of each segment.
4. Website: Costs to build an easy to navigate yet extensive website to host all of our films, lesson plans and resources.
5. Lesson Plans: Costs for an accredited person to write our lesson plans according to the national curriculum.
6. Outreach and Marketing: Costs for letting everyone know about our resources and where to find them.
Ms Saban believes in the power of more people donating less, as this was her method of fundraising for her first documentary, Our Generation which went on to win 'Best Campaign Film' at the London International Documentary Festival in 2011.
‘I think it is a lot to ask people to donate thousands of dollars these days as there are so many important things that need help with funding. This campaign is about demonstrating how $20 can build critical mass if we are all willing to put a little in and share the cause. This is the strength of People Power.’
As an independent film maker she believes wholeheartedly that funding must be fuelled by People Power in order for this film to be made with full integrity.
If you feel that you can help spread this fundraising campaign far and wide, please get in touch with us.
We welcome any organisations, non for profits, artists, musicians, businesses and so on who have extensive email lists to let your subscribers know about this campaign in your next newsletter.
BACKGROUND TO THE PROJECT
Director Sinem Saban sat with Dr. Gondarra in March 2019 and interviewed him over 4 days while Cyclone Trevor poured torrential rain outside. Deep in his elderhood, wise from decades of life experience and frail from ongoing health battles, the 12+ hours of interview footage with Dr Gondarra became the backbone of this documentary.
Ms. Saban says, ‘Dr Gondarra has a strong yet gentle way of placing audiences in their heart space, and without condemnation of anyone, has a great power of shedding light on things that are gravely unjust.’
Inspired by his own personal heroes Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi, Dr Gondarra speaks profoundly about change needing to come from the way we view the world, the environment, the spirit world and each other. He questions the colonial paradigm and asks audiences to consider another way of thinking, seeing, believing that is not led by power, greed, capitalism and destruction.
With 20+ years experience as a Reverend ordained in the Uniting Church and many more as a practising Christian, he speaks about his horrific realisation about the role of Christianity in the destruction of Indigenous cultures around the world. His take on religion and spirituality is refreshing, inclusive and deeply important for this age.
Always thinking inclusively of the entire Yolngu Nation and not just his own clan, Dr Gondarra is an inspiration for the unification of Indigenous voices when it comes to discussion with the dominant world. He speaks about the destructive power of dividing and conquering people, and how the separation amongst ourselves is a distraction from the bigger issues that enslave us.
Dr Gondarra speaks proudly about Yolngu culture and law, correcting all of the wrongs documented by historians and anthropologists that have led to the many misrepresentations by governments, the arts and media. Here he confirms that Yolngu were natural farmers, traders, business people and environmental scientists who knew how to hold society in cohesion and balance with the natural environment.
Of significant importance, he speaks in awe of Yolngu women and of their highly revered role in their law and culture, opening the space for the Ganambarr sisters to share the creation story of the Djankuwuy Sisters.
Woven throughout Dr Gondarra’s words, are profiles of other Yolngu who help illustrate the complexity of living in two worlds. They express their feelings, their struggles and their unyielding connection to their law and culture.
Some of these people include; Baykali Ganambarr (Actor and Performer), Marcus Mungul Lacey (Teacher and Ranger), Lowurrpa Yunupingu (Single Mother) and Siena Ganambarr-Stubbs (High School Graduate.)
'Luku Ngarra' affirms that assimilation is not the solution to Australia’s racial issues. Instead, it asks non-Indigenous Australians to consider stepping out of their own dominant ideology, to see the Yolngu world for what it truly is – profoundly wise, deeply complex and undisputedly important. And with that, to grant it the place it deserves in Australia, as a gift to be acknowledged, included and respected.
Dr Gondarra’s dream is for the Yolngu Nation to engage in diplomatic dialogue with the Australian Government around a Treaty, with the intention of correcting the rights of Australia’s history and paving the road toward justice and empowerment for his people. Ms. Saban’s dream is to make an inspiring documentary that will uphold Dr. Gondarra’s legacy as well as create more truth-telling educational resources for classrooms, lounge rooms and beyond.
SINEM SABAN director, writer, producer
DR DJINIYINI GONDARRA writer, producer
ZACHARY PEEL-MCGREGOR cinematographer
MARIA INES MANCHEGO cinematographer
FEATURING MUSIC BY mau power, shellie morris, yirrmal and many more
THIS FILM IS THUS FAR SUPPORTED / FUNDED BY:
Our Generation Media, Arnhem Land Progress Association and CINOPTIX.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Since High School, Sinem has been passionate about the Civil Rights movements led by Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela. She has a Degree majoring in Media Studies, Aboriginal Studies and Legal Studies, is a qualified Secondary Teacher, has taught Film and Media Studies to High School students, has ventured to war torn Iraq, Palestine and Israel to film the human cost of war, has taught in remote communities in N.E Arnhem Land, has directed and produced the award-winning documentary, Our Generation, has produced over 150 videos for Indigenous Sexual Health and Suicide Awareness and is a proud mother of 2 children with her long-time partner of 13 years, Damien.
Luku Ngarra will mark 10 years since her last film, of which she is proud that she has taken time off, and also let this new project seed
slowly and steadily into life.
To watch Our Generation (winner of Best Campaign Film, London International Documentary Festival 2011): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tcq4oGL0wlI
See her work at: https://www.ourgenerationmedia.org
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