MOVIE TO SHINE LIGHT ON COM­MU­NITY

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Home­land Dream­ing, writ­ten and di­rected by Denise Groves. Tom Price NAIDOC Week

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

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