Our work with community groups and NGO’s makes a space to hear voices which have been neglected. These collaborative works generate agency and purpose for the participants, inform and educate the general public, counter prejudice and bias, and become tools to advocate for change.
Below are some of the tailor-made mini docs we have been commissioned to create in collaboration with our clients.
One woman's story of childbirth in Uganda and the hope and empowerment that a Birthing Kit brings.
RURAL RECONCILIATION IN MILANG
In regional South Australia the Milang Community Centre instigated a reconciliation arts project to reconnect Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities and the land they now urgently need to take care of.
Over the last 30 years many Balinese farmers have left rural villages to seek a more prosperous life in the cities of Indonesia. There is now the threat of a food crisis, a lack of leadership and temples are being neglected. Gede Saputra Giri has decided to bring his family home to his village, Sarinbuana.
THE JOURNEY OF A BIRTHING KIT
BKFA Birthing Kits are assembled in Australia by volunteers then sent to local organisations in developing countries. This short film captures the journey of a birthing kit, as diverse helpers ensure it reaches the women who have the greatest need.
A MULTICULTURAL CHRISTMAS
A Multicultural Christmas celebration at the Morella Community Centre. Commissioned by Community Centres SA.
TESO WOMEN’S PEACE ACTIVISTS
BKFA, with their incredible field partner Teso Women Peace Activists (TEWPA), are reaching vulnerable pregnant adolescents in the Katakwi District of Uganda.
When the stars align we also have a chance to create longer form documentary. See some of our self-directed films below.
BAREFOOT IN ETHIOPIA
Kyra always wanted to save the world. When she left high school, she inspired her brother, her partner and her friend to raise $12,000 to build a health clinic in the Ethiopian desert. She soon realises that building a clinic won't save the world. So what next?
Rebelling against the aid machine, Kyra decides to do things her own way. Her brother, Aidan is also in on the plan. The film follows Kyra and Aidan for the next 4 years as they struggle with the reality of starting their own aid organisation. Kyra wants to genuinely connect with the community and Aidan wants to give it a crack: "We are young and a bit frivolous, but that's all part of the learning curve..."
Filmed & Directed by Sieh Mchawala
Produced by Jeni Lee
Edited by David Banbury, Jeni Lee and Sieh Mchawala
Sound Edit/Mix by Russell Alexander
Original Music by Sands Johal and Tom Harrer
Many suburbs are built on former farmland. In the suburbs of Adelaide, locals arm themselves with garden forks and kitchen knives to put that land to good use, pioneering a backyard revolution one square metre at a time. It's an idea as simple as it is radical as it is inspirational...
Inspired by Lolo Houbein's One Magic Square concept and under the guidance of grower Tori Moreton, in this inspiring film residents of Adelaide's southern suburbs create a food plot in one square metre of their own gardens, harvesting it through the seasons and sharing the bounty in their community. Starring Lolo Houbein, Tori Moreton and the residents of Huntfield Heights and Aberfoyle Park.
Directed by Jeni Lee
Produced by Julia De Roeper
Camera by Sieh Mchawala
Edited by David Ngo
Sound Edit/Mix by Russell Alexander
Featuring Music by Golonka,
Caliente Guitar Trio and Sia Furler
IT’S NO CIRCUS IN CAMBODIA
Australia's dodgiest circus attempts to drive from Singapore to Ireland -in a double decker bus. What could possibly go wrong?
En route the circus gets waylaid in the south of Cambodia, where they teach circus skills to a very spirited group of streetkids - ultimately proving to themselves that the journey is far more important than the destination... Starring Lunar Circus and the children of M’Lop Tapang.
Directed & filmed by Jeni Lee
Produced by Rebecca Summerton and Jeni Lee
Edited by David Ngo
Sound Edit/Mix by Scott Illington
Original Music by The Von Trolley Quartet
CASUALTIES OF WAR
Casualties of War tells the story of Leigh, a Special Forces soldier who served with the Australian Army in East Timor. Leigh believes that the hardest part of going to war is coming home.
One year after Leigh returned from East Timor he reached breaking point and left the army. It is only now, 4 years later, that he feels able to speak out about the realities of being a solider.
There is a world of silence that sits between those who have seen unspeakable acts of violence and those who have not. Casualties of War takes the audience on a journey to transcend that silence by exploring the losses shouldered by soldiers and their families in the wake of war.
Filmed and directed by Jeni Lee
Produced by Sarah Wishart and Rebecca Summerton
Edited by Tania Nehme
Music by Tom Harrer
Sound mix by Best FX
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BUT WE ARE STRONG
War began in Sierra Leone in 1991 when an armed rebel group, the Revolutionary United Front, began a campaign against the President, capturing towns along the borders to Liberia and Guinea. During the eleven years of war, children in Sierra Leone were severely affected. The roles and struggles of young girls during the war have not been widely acknowledged. Many were abducted by rebel groups during attacks on their towns or villages and forced to directly participate as frontline fighters, cooks, spies and sex slaves. The war was officially declared over in 2002 following UN intervention and the disarmament of 45,000 fighters. But We Are Strong tells the untold stories of 5 young women who survived. The films were commissioned by Save the Children UK. For sales please contact Ronin films.
Produced and directed by Jeni Lee and Sarah Wishart
Camera by Jeni Lee
Edited by Bryan Mason
Sound by Best fx
BIG STORIES SMALL TOWNS
Big Stories Small Towns is an evolving multi-platform documentary project first launched in 2008 and produced by Big Stories Co. The project features collaborations between small town communities and filmmakers in residence. It is shaped through extensive local consultation and participation, to create stories made by both filmmakers and community members -full of love, humour, family and belonging. Far from tales of rural dysfunction and decay, Big Stories focuses on those caring for and creating their own community. From the Longriders in Murray Bridge, the Ngarrindjeri community of Raukkan on the shores of Lake Alexandrina, the Men's Shed in Port Augusta and the Tampuon people of Ban Lung on the edge of the jungle in Northern Cambodia, Big Stories aims to connect local stories to build a diverse and inspiring global portrait of country life. Carousel media were film makers in residence for the project in Port Augusta, Murray Bridge, Raukkan and Coober Pedy.
Produced by Anna Grieve and Martin Potter
Young Mums is an online resource and participatory video project. A team of filmmakers met with a group of young mums from Adelaide, South Australia, once a week for 3 months. As a result of these meetings 4 films were created. These films allowed the young women to tell their stories and experiences from their own perspectives.
Directed by Jeni Lee and Sarah Wishart