Did you know that 45-65% of Aboriginal adults in Australia are functionally illiterate? In Brewarrina, a town in a rural northwest NSW town with a majority Aboriginal population, a new project was set up to help reduce this staggeringly high statistic. A 13-week Literacy for Life Foundation course provided learning opportunities for adult Aboriginal learners and this also resulted in being filmed. It gave Aboriginal people a chance to change and a chance to hope for a better future equipped with the tools to read and write.
The film, In My Own Words, captures the journey of a number of Aboriginal English language students and their teachers who took part in this project. The film tells the stories of people as they discover the profoundly transformative power of reading and writing for the first time in their lives. The director, Erica Glynn, has been able to capture the women and men, poverty and hardship, friendship and humour behind life in Brewarrina and the sobering statistics of adult illiteracy among Australian Aboriginal people.
In My Own Words will now have its Melbourne premiere on the 14th of December at the Library at the Dock in Melbourne's Docklands. This inspiring and powerful evening of film will also include live music by Will Campbell, chocolate tasting by The Chocolate Yogi, and a delicious five dish, vegan, gluten-free, standing-mingle, canapé/finger food style dinner by caterer Wabi Sabi Salon.
~ Menu ~
Avocado & Cucumber Sushi Rolls
Nasumiso Dengaku Eggplant
Stuffed pumpkin mushroom tempura with Teriyaki balsamic sauce (warm)
Chickpea and quinoa gyoza with sesame sauce (warm)
Program: 5.45pm: Doors open 6.00pm: Live music and chocolate tasting 6.30pm: Film (65 mins duration) 7.35pm: Dinner
You can watch the film trailer here and buy tickets here.