MOVIE TO SHINE LIGHT ON COMMUNITY
Documentary Homeland Dreaming premiered at Tom Price’s NAIDOC Week celebrations last Sunday.
The film, co-produced by Gumala Aboriginal Corporation and the Roebourne-based Weerianna Street Media, tells the story of the remote community of Youngaleena.
Youngalenna is 140km from Tom Price and is home to just 26 adults and children. Homeland Dreaming shows a team of people coming together to make Youngaleena founder Horace Paker Sr’s dream of building a school for the community a reality.
Writer and director Denise Groves said the film showed the determination of elders and families to provide education opportunities.
“Initially Homeland Dreaming was all about the machinery and construction work, but once we actually got to the community, we soon realised there was a much bigger story to tell,” she said.
“The story included family and the importance of staying on country.”
Groves said she felt privileged to tell the story of the Youngaleena community.
“This school makes it possible for children to access education on country. Rather than relocate, it has meant children can stay with their families, remain connected to country, and culture,” she said.
”It means children can have a cultural education as well as mainstream education.”
Tim Parker helps his father achieve his vision of having a community school in Homeland Dreaming. Picture: Gumala Aboriginal Corporation