We are in production of a brand new documentary which will be the celebration of one of Australia's most profound Indigenous leaders, Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra OAM. Watch this space!
YOUNG DEADLY FREE PROJECT
2018 - Current
Sinem Saban has been working with South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (led by Indigenous Prof. James Ward) and the Young Deadly Free Project to produce over 140 social media + educational videos to raise awareness of the STI outbreak in remote Aboriginal communities across Australia. We have travelled to over 11 different communities to capture the voices of all those concerned. Currently in post production.
We recently shot a beautiful music clip for a most talented upcoming singer, Jurxn. Full Maori woman energy! Watch this space! Currently in post production.
HOPE FOR HEALTH PROJECT
2015 - Current
In 2015 Sinem Saban worked closely with co-founders of this ground-breaking Indigenous wholistic health project, Kama Trudgen and Dianne Birritjaluwuy to help launch the project. As well as designing the official Hope For Health logo, Sinem helped them successfully raise over $80,000 which took 12 Yolngu women from Elcho Island to the Living Valley Springs Health retreat.
Sinem documented their experiences pre and post retreat and then worked on the ground on Elcho Island helping prepare for another large scale fundraiser to get the first Indigenous run Health Retreat going on Elcho Island. This is one of the most rewarding projects Sinem has worked on to date, empowering Yolngu women to return to their traditional diet and introduce more nutritional foods into their life has proven to improve their chronic health issues.
The Hope For Health project is demonstrating that empowerment comes through health and that early death is not the first option for chronic disease. Sinem is now a proud ongoing Ambassador of the Hope For Health project and continues to document their progress for a possible future film project.
Co-Director Damien Curtis joined forces with author and long standing educator Richard Trudgen and the Why Warriors team as their new Training and Media Co-Ordinator. Damien oversaw the Bridging the Gap seminars which offer Cross Cultural Solutions to working with Indigenous People.
We proudly worked with the Yolngu Aboriginal Nations of Northeast Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory, to support their chosen path to autonomy and self-determination. Our support included video documentation and the development of a media project looking at learning exchanges between Yolngu leaders and First Nation leaders in the US and Canada on their shared struggle for self-determination.
ALIVE! AND KICKING GOALS
2014 - 2015
In 2014 and 2015 Sinem and Damien proudly worked with a group of 12 Indigenous women from the Kimberley region of Western Australia to produce educational and awareness videos on the suicide epidemic that plagues their communities. In collaboration with Beyond Blue and the Men's Outreach Service, this is the first women-led Indigenous suicide prevention initiative. The videos were lauched in September 2015.
CULTURE IS LIFE / BE PART OF THE HEALING
2013 - 2015
Then Co-Director Damien Curtis worked closely with People Culture Environment to develop the national awareness campaign on Indigenous suicide, Culture Is Life. At the heart of the campaign is The Elders Report on Preventing Indigenous Youth Suicide and Self Harm, which was based on our interviews with Aboriginal Elders across remote Western Australia and the Northern Territory. All funds raised by the campaign BE PART OF THE HEALING are donated to existing grassroots Indigenous suicide prevention programs.
STAND FOR FREEDOM NATIONAL CAMPAIGN
Created and launched by Our Generation Media, this campaign was formed in response to ongoing discriminatory Government policy towards Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory, the Stand For Freedom campaign has been a pioneer in creating change and awareness in Australia around Aboriginal rights.
OUR GENERATION DOCUMENTARY
Our Generation is an award-winning feature-length documentary which looks at the ongoing disempowerment and assimilation faced by Aboriginal people in the Australia's Northern Territory.
Made in collaboration with the Yolngu people of Northeast Arnhem Land, the film poses a much-needed challenge to the misrepresentation of Aboriginal people in mainstream media, and the ongoing denial by the Australian Government of their basic human rights.
The film has sparked a fervent grassroots movement of awareness and action, with hundreds of community screenings taking place across the country and internationally. In 2011, it won the award for 'Best Campaign Film' at the London International Documentary Festival.
BIODIVERSITY AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLES IN AUSTRALIA
Our Generation Media was asked by the Foundation for Aboriginal and Islander Research Action (FAIRA), in partnership with the United Nations, to create an informative film on the relevance of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity to Indigenous people in Australia.
ABORIGINAL COMMUNITY CONSULTATIONS
In June 2011, Our Generation Media was asked by the advocacy group 'concerned Australians' (founded by the inspiring late Michaelle Harris) to travel to Northeast Arnhem Land to independently document the Federal Government's community consultations over the proposed Stronger Futures legislation.
GetUp! HOMELANDS CAMPAIGN
Our Generation Media was invited by GetUp! to create media for their campaign on Aboriginal homelands. The campaign aimed at raising awareness of the importance of homelands (or 'outstations') to Aboriginal culture and wellbeing, and the need for the Government to continue providing services for them. The campaign resulted in a petition signed by more than 27,000 people being presented to Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin, asking that she commit to supporting homelands into the future.