After an amazing week back at Robinvale P-12 College we have captured some amazing footage that will now be part of the two films that the Harmony on the Murray team is creating.
The 9 young people that have been involved were thrown straight back into the project on Monday morning, revising what we had learnt during the first workshop and storyboarding for their films. The films being made are around “Talented people in Robinvale” (an idea pitched by participant Moj) and “Religion & Spirituality in Robinvale” (an idea pitched by participant Ofiu). Both really big topics with heaps to explore within such a dynamic community like Robinvale.
“Talented people in Robinvale” saw the film makers look into the lives of Chrissy Ale- a 16 year old singer who is working hard to become a professional singer when she leaves school. With a voice of an angel, Chrissy performs across the region. Chrissy’s song that she wrote and plays guitar to will definitly be a major feature of the film!! We also met Eric Peniongo who is a 12 year old drummer with mad skills!! Eric is a drummer for the Robinvale Brass band- which is headed up by Tongan conductor Siua and has a 20 strong membership- you should hear them play R-E-S-P-E-C-T! We also meet the newly established Hip-Hop dance crew “MIXTURES” who mix cultures and dances to come up with their own dances. Congratulations to Jarome, Mary, Sarah and Moj for working as such a great crew on the film.
“Religion & Spirituality in Robinvale” allowed the film makers Lillian, Juanita, Kadeasha, Dua and Leone to explore religion and spirituality from both the Tongan and Indigenous perspective. A massive topic, the filmmakers interviewed three prominent community members. Sissy Petit, who is a cultural advisor and grew up in and around Robinvale was filmed down at “Easter Camp” along the Murray River. Sissy spoke about cultural connection to country and it’s importance to Indigneous people. We heard stories from that land and learnt things that we didn’t know about Robinvale’s first people. Thelma Chilly was also interviewed, she explored Spirituality and Christianity and the role that it has played in her life. From the Tongan community, Alefosio Ale who is the P-12 Chaplain and Pastor of the Wesleyan Methodist Church. Ale (who is also Chrissy’s dad) talked about his role as a Pastor and how it informs him as a community and youth worker.
Overall, the community of Robinvale has again been incredibly gracious and generous with sharing their time and stories with the film makers. We now have heaps of great footage that we are taking back to Melbourne to get edited with assistance from some of the Young Media Makers Project crew.
The screening has been booked for Tuesday June 26th in Robinvale so mark the date in your calendar and stay tuned for more information about what is going to be another amazing Pacific Stories event. We have a group of students developing and managing the screening event.
Pacific Stories would like to thanks all who have participated in week 2 of this project. From the filmmakers and their parents who have supported them to be part of this project, the school staff and all of the community that we have worked with and our project partners, funders and supporters. A special thanks to Glenn in the music room who has allowed us to use his space and gear. It takes a community to raise a child – and in Robinvale there is such a supportive community behind these children – we feel very blessed to be a part of it!!
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