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COUNTRYMAN

Two friends attempt to trace the broken song lines of their forefathers triggering an unexpected chain of events.

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Impact areas

ARTS

ENVIRONMENT

HEALTH & WELLBEING

HUMAN RIGHTS & SOCIAL JUSTICE

INDIGENOUS

WOMEN & GIRLS

YOUTH & EDUCATION

Crew

  • DIRECTOR Peter Pecotic

  • PRODUCER Joseph Williams (Warumungu Artist)

Synopsis

DURATION: 78 MINUTES

A man heads into the Australian Outback armed only with a campervan, smartphone and a drone. He is on a mission to follow his dad’s footsteps in the late 1950s and to find the descendants of settlers from his tiny home island of Korčula.
Events take an unexpected turn when he meets an Warumungu artist in desert country who believes that his father is also European and together they set off on an incredible journey to find the father he has never known.

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Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

Relationship to the land and importance of the environment
Exploration of cultural history
Human Rights in the context of First Nations lived experience
Migrant and First Nations experience of dispossession and dislocation
Family separation
Stolen Generation
Mixed race experience
The role of women in modern and traditional society
Diaspora experience
Reconciliation and healing
Truth telling

Impact

What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

COUNTRYMAN connects families and communities in a process of healing and reconciliation.
It’s a journey that explores identity, belonging and our relationship to our ancestral lands.

Outcomes

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

Through watching this documentary we hope to create a positive shift in the perception of people both to First Nations and Immigrant Australian cultures and communities, and show how much we actually do have in common. COUNTRYMAN will bring communities together to share and learn from each other. It will encourage viewers to think about identity, environment, cultural history and reconciliation.

Activities

How will this documentary achieve its outcomes?

Through an impact campaign of a Screening Tour: Carefully curated screenings around Australia, New Zealand and Croatia with relevant organisational partners that will include Q+A discussions post screening. This will raise awareness of how indigenous and immigrant cultures enrich our experience as Australians and make it possible for Joseph to travel for the first time to Croatia, birthplace of his immigrant father. COUNTRYMAN will start conversations about who we are as Australians, this will grow through publicity and eventual broadcast.
We will also create an important and inspirational educational resource package for classrooms + universities.

Stakeholders

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

We have received some funding from the Croatian Government as the film is partially an ethnographic exploration of Croatian Migration to Australia. This partnership has resulted in broad exposure to the Croatian Government, Media and the local Australian communities. A broader range of partnerships with government organisations, NGO's, corporations and individuals will ensure the film has a broader outreach and impact.

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

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

We hope viewers will see that Immigrant and Indigenous cultures are alive and well and still being practiced in the many Countries of Australia. We want them to reflect on the nature of identity, Country and our own shared histories.

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

Tv views, community engagement, and educational use.