As we are a small specialist production company, our core team is director Sinem Saban who has multiple skills in directing, writing, producing, photography, filming and editing. Very rarely does Sinem work alone, she will call on her talented network of freelance creatives, depending on the specific requirements, size and location of each job.
This extensive, trialed and tested, talented and trustworthy crew include: award winning camera operators, sound recordists, stills photographers, editors and lighting teams from across Australia. They are a fine mix of female and male, and we try and get Indigenous crew on board whenever appropriate.
As each Indigenous group she works with has their own spokespeople, their own cultural protocols and their own leaders; she calls upon these people and their resources to help her develop the best strategy to do her job with complete respect.
Co-Founder / Director / Writer / Producer / Photography
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.