Reversing the struggle
VIDEOS TO AID REGION PRIDE
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.