MEET THE TEAM
Co-Founder / Director / Writer Producer
Sinem has had a life-long passion for social justice stemming from her Year 9 Legal Studies class. She holds a BA in Media Studies, Legal Studies and Aboriginal Studies and a Teaching Certification from Darwin University. After several years teaching in the mainstream system, she travelled to N.E Arnhem Land to teach in Aboriginal community schools, which is where her passion for Indigenous rights was reinforced.
In 2004, she journeyed to Iraq, Palestine and Israel with musician Michael Franti, to document the human cost of war, for the documentary, 'I Know I'm Not Alone.'
In 2007, as a response to the NT Intervention and the despair it caused her friends and family, she began to film and produce Our Generation. This film has reached cult status amongst the Aboriginal rights movement, stirring thousands of people to join arms with Aboriginal Australians. It then went on to win Best Campaign Film at the London International Documentary Festival in 2011.
She has also directed & produced Indigenous suicide awareness videos for Beyond Blue, music video clips, & is currently completing the production of over 100 videos for the Young Deadly Free Project.
At the beginning of 2019 Sinem finally started production of a long brewing new documentary which will look at the legacy of old friend, Rev. Dr. Djiniyini Gondarra OAM - one of Australia's most profound Aboriginal rights leaders in Australia.
Sinem's long term passion for Aboriginal rights and her 19 year connection to communities in N.E Arnhem Land is what makes Our Generation Media a specialist production company with a focus on presenting the voices of Australia's First Peoples.
Co-Founder / Advisor
Damien has worked in the connecting fields of Indigenous rights and environmental conservation for the past 15 years. He holds an MA Hons degree in Religious Studies and Social Anthropology, and a Masters in Environment and Development from Cambridge University (UK). He has worked for the United Nations and several NGOs including the Gaia Foundation, with field partners in Africa and South America.
As the founder of Green Man Arts, Damien has produced large-scale festival stages at the London Mayor's Thames Festival, the city's largest free public event, with multimedia programmes focused on celebrating cultural diversity and the natural world. On his life's journey to inspire social change, Damien has turned to film as one of the most powerful tools to raise public awareness and change people's hearts. He has been living in Australia for the last 8 years.
We are very excited to have Pania on board with us as our co-producer for our new documentary, Sovereign. Pania has had many years experience in the film industry.
WHAT WE DO
We are the team behind the award-winning Indigenous rights documentary Our Generation and grassroots advocacy campaigns such as Culture Is Life and Stand For Freedom.
We harness the power of creative media to achieve long lasting change in the areas of social and environmental justice. Through film, campaigns and events, we give voice to the marginalised and the oppressed.
We shine a light on critical issues that are sidelined by mainstream media. We inform and inspire the public to take action. We work with organisations and individuals to create unstoppable social movements for change whilst striving to support capacity building for marginalised communities.
We believe that the creative arts have the power to transform human society.
Whilst raising awareness of critical issues, the arts strike at people's hearts, thus sowing the seed for personal and social transformation.
When working with Indigenous communities, we prioritise cultural appropriateness, and we believe in the power of capacity building. Supporting people on the ground, to become the leaders themselves.
We do not offer solutions, we focus on drawing attention to the need for self-determination and proper consultation with community leaders to devise and execute their own solutions.