MJD Foundation

Our Story

10 November 2011

Angurugu's newest film makers

Making a Spear  Trip to Umbakumba  Let's GoA new and exciting Aboriginal film crew hit the ground running in October 2011.

Three young men - Hilroy Manggurra, Bakala Wurramara and Daniel Lalara - spent two weeks participating in Our Story, an innovative art, education, cultural and economic empowerment project. They learnt to film and edit their stories using the Apple iPad2.

Three of the films were released last week.

The project has enabled two of the young men who have Machado Joseph Disease (MJD) to capture their stories while they can still speak. They filmed their country, their traditional stories and their passions such as making spears, swimming and AFL.

"We've had fun spending time together and learning the iPad. We have filmed many things. My favourite was playing football with the Geelong footy players," said MJD Foundation's Community Worker, Hilroy Manggurra.

Three of the films were launched at the Carers Week BBQ and now available on YouTube (Making a Spear, Trip to Umbakumba and Let's Go...). Other films will be shown by the young men at their discretion.

MJD Foundation's Director of Research and Community Services, Libby Massey, said the men's enthusiasm was contagious. "The young men really drove the project. They embraced the idea in 2010 and thanks to our sponsors we could make it happen.

"Seeing the young men's creative juices flowing is exciting. We are looking forward to seeing the young men's future films," she said.

The project would not have been possible without the support of the Anindilyakwa Land Council, the Regional Arts Fund and our local sponsors - Anglicare, GEBIE, Angurugu Community School, Carers NT, and Pole 13.

The Regional Arts Fund is an Australian Government initiative supporting the arts in regional, remote and very remote/isolated Australia. The program is delivered in partnership with the Northern Territory Government.

Regional Arts Fund