Re­vers­ing the strug­gle

VIDEOS TO AID RE­GION PRIDE

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A SE­RIES spruik­ing the pos­i­tive as­pects of Mt Druitt has pro­duced another eight videos due to the pop­u­lar­ity of the cam­paign.

The brain­child of Street Uni Mt Druitt, the videos were re­leased in re­sponse to the neg­a­tive pub­lic­ity sur­round­ing the con­tro­ver­sial doc­u­men­tary Strug­gle Street, which aired on SBS in May.

The videos fea­tured res­i­dents, mu­si­cians, politi­cians and com­mu­nity lead­ers all telling their sto­ries about grow­ing up in Mt Druitt.

When the fund­ing ran out, Street Uni ap­pealed to the public for do­na­tions to keep the cam­paign go­ing.

Chi­fley fed­eral La­bor MP Ed Hu­sic and Ben Price Es­tate Agents pro­vided money for the latest round of videos, which fea­tures Die-c of Aus­tralian pi­o­neer hiphop group Def Wish Cast, who told his story of grow­ing up in Mt Druitt.

“They were one of the first groups to re­ally in­tro­duce the Aus­tralian hip-hop foun­da­tion,” Street Uni Mt Druitt pro­gram co-or­di­na­tor Randy Glazer said.

“Die-c was re­ally ex­cited to sup­port his home town in a pos­i­tive way.”

The video has al­ready had 3500 views just a week af­ter be­ing up­loaded to Youtube.

From to­day, Street Uni will upload the first of eight more videos which fea­ture the thoughts of ev­ery­day Mt Druitt res­i­dents.

“We in­vited peo­ple in Daw­son Mall to speak to us – now those 30 in­ter­views have been put into eight videos,” Mr Glazer said of the pro­ject.

Street Uni Mt Druitt is now en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to cre­ate their own Made in Mt Druitt videos and load them up to so­cial media, us­ing the hash­tag #MadeInMtDruitt.

Street Uni Mt Druitt’s Frace Mer­cado, Julie Dubuc and Ian Es­can­dor are help­ing com­bat the neg­a­tiv­ity around Strug­gle Street.

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