Late last year twelve young Australians came together at Darwin Community Arts and took part in a six month filmmaking and drama program called Captiv8 facilitated by a number of talented teachers and Maitree House.

The young filmmaking crew, all members of Multicultural Youth NT, came from a variety of cultural backgrounds and decided they wanted to make a short film sharing their own stories about their family’s journey to Australia and the life they have made here since.

Faced with many of the same issues and challenges that affect multicultural youth across urban Australia – these young people have decided to use their own cultural weapons – their rhymes, rhythms and moves to come together and take on the under currents of racism and fear that still move through modern Australia.

They wanted people to know not only about the challenges of setting up life in a new country, but also what needs to be celebrated: the new hope Australia has given them and their desire to contribute to a thriving multicultural community.

The group collaborated with a number of local filmmakers, drama practitioners and musicians to come up with the concept of ‘Our Journey’ – a musical documentary celebrating resilience and diversity in Darwin. As a group they planned the whole film out, learnt filmmaking techniques, wrote their own music and lyrics and then practised a lot.

With 2013’s theme for Refugee Week ‘Restoring Hope’, these young people show that despite our differences, it is only by coming together as a community we can share and celebrate our common humanity.

Congratulations to the Captiv8 crew!

Captiv8 is a filmmaking and drama program run by Darwin Community Arts, in partnership with Multicultural Youth NT. The program was supported by Scanlon Foundation and the Australian Government’s Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

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