This animated documentary was commissioned as part of my year long artist in residency in Springvale, Victoria Australia. The objective of my residency was to empower young primary school students from disadvantaged backgrounds (many of them recently arrived migrants and refugees) to share their stories and self expression. They talk about bullying, culture, belonging, identity, friendship, racism, religion and wii games.

The project began with holding comic drawing workshops where the children from three local schools created comic artworks about their lives. This lead onto the interviews which make up this animated film and all the outcomes from the project were exhibited in the Springvale Historical Society Gallery.

This project was supported by The Face to Face Project and The City of Greater Dandenong Council with Funding from Arts About Us and VicHealth.

springvalestories.org.au
sarahthefirth.com

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