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Constance on the Edge

Walk in the shoes of a Sudanese refugee attempting to transcend her painful past and contribute to her new community.

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Impact areas

HEALTH & WELLBEING

HUMAN RIGHTS & SOCIAL JUSTICE

WOMEN & GIRLS

Crew

  • DIRECTOR Belinda Mason

  • PRODUCER Marguerite Grey

Synopsis

DURATION: 77 MINUTES

One family. Two wars. Three countries. What does it take to forge a new life far from home?

Filmed over 10 years, Constance on the Edge is an unflinchingly honest portrayal of one refugee family’s resettlement story in Australia.
Brave, lion-hearted, charismatic Constance, mother of six, confronts her painful past in war torn Sudan, and risks everything in Australia so her family can thrive.

Mary, Constance’s niece, finds it impossible to find a job. Vicky, her daughter, studies every morning from 4am, hoping to get into university. Charles, 23, is struggling with alienation and depression.

Constance on the Edge gets to the heart of a contemporary untold story about the courage and resilience it takes to build new lives. The film also highlights the important role communities play in encouraging a sense of welcoming, healing and belonging.

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79.32% funded
  • $800,000.00

    FUNDING GOAL
  • $634,550.00

    FUNDS RAISED
  • September 2014

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Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

Refugee women and girls face different and complex challenges compared to refugee men or other migrant women. Entrenched disadvantage follows them to Australia; leadership and participation opportunities are limited; men are looked to as leaders and spokesmen of communities. Constance on the Edge acknowledges and engages the capacity of women to discuss and identify solutions for issues which affect their lives and to advocate for change. Constance on the Edge is a refugee story with a point of difference - Constance, her family and friends, have been resettled in Australia for almost a decade - so there is illumination and wisdom that can be garnered by looking back at their time here. The filmmakers draw from a wealth of archival footage from the first documentary about Constance to tell the story about the complexity of being an outspoken African female refugee in regional Australia and to explore what can make things work well for refugees who suffer from trauma.

Impact

What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

We want our film to raise awareness of the experiences of refugees, particularly women refugees who are marginalised. To increase leadership and participation opportunities for refugees bolster support for refugees suffering from trauma.

We aim to build the capacity of Australian communities, including regional towns like Wagga Wagga, to better understand the experiences of refugee women like Constance and her friends, to welcome and support refugees and build social cohesion and inclusion.

Outcomes

What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?

Ensure the film is seen by a broad national audience;
Foster more welcoming communities for people with refugee backgrounds;
Help to create educational resources for schools, police, health services, torture and trauma services, local government and community service; and
Promote the provision of better support services and job opportunities for people with refugee backgrounds.

Stakeholders

How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?

To ensure the film was seen by a broad national audience we worked with our major partners: Documentary Australia Foundation; Settlement Service Australia; Settlement Council of Australia and the Refugee Council of Australia.
Following the launch at the Sydney Film Festival the team facilitated 9 preview screenings with impact partners in capital cities.

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?

1. Host a screening of Constance on the Edge.
2. Listen and get to know people from refugee backgrounds.
3. Volunteer time, skills or experience to organisations supporting people seeking asylum and refugees in Australia.
4. Download and implement the Schools education package.

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

The impact strategy evolved over several years, with the impact objectives and tactics utilised by the Constance on the Edge team adapting as opportunities arose. Particular strengths of the impact strategy, identified through this evaluation process, included:

• the number and variety of audiences reached through screenings, and the particular success of the Refugee Week 2017 screening program;

• the value and usage of impact materials supporting screenings, including the Screening Kit, Discussion Guide, Action Toolkit and digital screening tools;

• the quality and versatility of the Education Resource; and

• the usefulness of targeted training and awareness raising clips and materials, produced for a broad variety of community organisations working with and in support of refugee communities.

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