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Students scoop film awards

By Louise Errington

Nursing student Jane Alia was part of the cast and crew of award-winning film, “Our Journey” Nursing student Jane Alia was part of the cast and crew of award-winning film, “Our Journey”

A group of Darwin youths has received the top honour at a Northern Territory film competition for a production that celebrates the Top End’s multicultural society.

In addition to taking out the Best Film category for their production, “Our Journey”, the 12-member creative troupe also took out the People’s Choice and Best Sound Design categories at the 2013 Fist Full of Films Galah Awards.

Charles Darwin University Bachelor of Nursing student Jane Alia was part of the Multicultural Youth NT crew that participated in the six-month film-making and drama program, Captiv8, run by Darwin Community Arts.

Jane said the musical documentary used storytelling, song, rap and music to share the journeys of young people from a variety of cultural backgrounds who have experienced racism and fear while making a new life for themselves in Australia.

“People face huge challenges when setting up life in a new country,” Jane said.

“Along with the trials people face, the film also celebrates resilience and diversity in Darwin, because Australia offers so many opportunities to contribute to a thriving multicultural community.”

The group collaborated with local film-makers, drama practitioners and musicians to make the film, and learnt film-making techniques and wrote their own music and lyrics.

CDU accounting student Enggar Daranindra, from Indonesia, also contributed to the project.