Pacific Stories will be facilitated by Amie Batalibasi and Lia Pa’apa’a who have worked to together in the past on a filmmaking project called My Story, My Place – Through the Lens, a project with culturally diverse year 5/6 students at The Grange Primary School in Hoppers Crossing as part of an Artists in Schools Residency.
BIO: Amie Batalibasi
Amie Batalibasi is a community arts practitioner and media artist based in Footscray, Melbourne. Over the last three years she has been involved in various community based arts projects with groups of young people, refugees and culturally diverse groups in and around the city of Melbourne. Her work with these communities has a strong focus on using visual media to communicate stories of social justice issues & human rights and creating thought and discussion about these issues in the broader community. Amie has facilitated two filmmaking courses at the Yarraville Community Arts centre with CALD members of the community who each produced a film about their culture and community that was shown at a public screening in July 2010. In late 2010, she ran media training workshops in the remote Aboriginal community of Lajamanu, NT with young people as part of the WETT Youth and Media Program. She is currently facilitating a filmmaking program with young culturally diverse communities called the Young Media Makers Project. In 2009, Amie founded the volunteer organisation Pacific Community Partnerships which aims to provide assistance to Pacific communities in need and raise awareness of the issues the people face, through the medium of film. Amie’s short film, Tide of Change (see excerpt), documents the rising sea levels in Lilisiana village, Solomon Islands – where her family lives – and has been shown at festivals in Australia, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Russia and NZ. In all of her work Amie is driven by a passion to produce works that are engaging and provocative by interacting with people and communities at a grassroots level, to unearth stories that encourage audiences to think beyond the realm of their loungeroom, office or cinema. For more info on Amie’s work and projects see: http://www.amiebatalibasi.com/
BIO: Lia Pa’apa’a
Lia Pa’ apa’ a is a Samoan/Mexican woman who lives and works in the Western suburbs of Melbourne. Lia is a qualified educator and is currently working as the Programs Manager for the music Outback Foundation that delivers arts- basededucation to Indigenous children living in remote communities throughout Australia. Lia has great experience working with people from both the Pacific community of Melbourne as well and ATSI communities across Australia as well as culturally diverse communities of the West. Within Lia’ s capacity as an educator over the past 7 years Lia has worked on many Arts and community projects as part of her teaching practice. These include the Artist In Schools- My Story, My Place -Through the Lens project with Amie Batalibasi; the establishment and facilitation of the Pacific Women’ s collective in Wyndymvale that worked with local Pacific women to build capacity as parents and produce handicrafts. Lia also implemented a “ Diversity Youth Forum” at VCA that hosted 3 days of Cultural understanding and knowledge workshops at VCA. Lia continues to work on collaborative projects in the west and is driven by the passion to build and strengthen ATSI and culturally diverse communities through the Arts.