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Five Year Grandma

After 24 years apart, Ravi Chand found out his Grandma who he thought had passed away, was still alive.


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  • DIRECTOR Ravi Chand

  • PRODUCER Ravi Chand & Diana Fisk



Ravi Chand was four the first time he endured a vile racist slur.

Further trauma came when his mother was killed in a car accident, a week before his twelfth birthday. He remembers adults arguing, then suddenly being estranged from his maternal family.

Desperate to find a sense of belonging, Ravi did everything to become an “Aussie”. Ashamed by the portrayal of South Asians on screen and without his mother, Ravi abandoned his culture.

As a teen, Ravi developed a complex and confused identity, bottling a tremendous sense of loss for his mother.

In 2014, believing she had passed away, Ravi discovered his maternal Grandma was still alive. Despite 24 years apart, they immediately shared a beautiful, pure bond.

Ravi's Grandma sets him on a journey to discover his ancestry, culture, language and self. As he uncovers Australian Indian history dating back 4000 years, Ravi tries to make up for a lifetime of lost culture, unravelling mistakes to save his young son from the same fate.

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3.73% funded
  • $80,000.00

  • $2,985.00

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Michael Chan $100.00
Salvin Kumar $25.00
Denise Eriksen $100.00
Tim Burke $50.00
Fernando Cortes $500.00
Katrina Graham $20.00
Steve Brown $50.00
Margot Ford $250.00
Kara Beavis $50.00
Daniel Schultheis $50.00
Lauren Chung $20.00
Lilian C $50.00
Helen Hammond $10.00
Johann Bach $50.00
Gina Lambropoulos $100.00
Linh Pham $20.00
Kurt Opray $100.00
Matt Vitins $100.00
Nikki Tran $50.00
Athena Chintis $100.00
J Davidson $20.00
Nicholas Joseph $100.00
Nazy Dada $50.00
Anonymous $500.00
Gemma Bucholtz $100.00
Deon DSouza $50.00
Mayur Katariya $50.00
Anonymous $20.00
Jodie Symes $50.00
Shay Brown $250.00

Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

80% of high school students of migrant background indicated they have experienced racism in school, with the majority of them taking no action to report it. These attitudes and behaviours which young children learn at school carry over into their adulthood. A separate Scanlon Foundation report on Social Cohesion said 99% of young adults with university education agreed that accepting immigrants from many other countries makes Australia stronger.

“Five Year Grandma” is a deep look into the impact of one-sided assimilation and uncovers incredible Australian history not taught in schools or even known by the general population . It brings to light history of Indians during “Australian discovery” times and even well before that.

It also sheds light on brutal "Girmit" history.

When slavery was abolished the British used loopholes to bring indentured Indian labours that faced a horrific famine, to work on European settler sugar plantations around the world in slavery conditions.


What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

“Five Year Grandma” will shed light on the damaging effects of assimilation. Immigrants pushed into an “all or nothing” approach to Australian culture, resulting in children ostracising themselves from their culture and self, to great detriment.

It aims to give Australian’s, particularly youth, the knowledge that they don’t need to give up their culture in order to be Australian.


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

Five Year Grandma is now being developed into a feature documentary.

It aims to be selected for A-List festivals around the world, broadcast nationally in Australia (including cinema release) and international broadcast.

Five Year Grandma aims to harnesses the strength of local, state and federal youth, education and cultural organisations to develop cultural awareness and anti-racism amongst school children around Australia as part of their curriculum. It will be the vehicle to construct a national curriculum that fits within the education sector.

Using existing research, Five Year Grandma will aim to significantly decrease instances of racist behaviour and attacks in high schools around Australia.


How will this documentary achieve its outcomes?

Five Year Grandma will work with:

Secondary schools, state and federal education departments to work with current structures and policies to construct a national curriculum that fits within the education sector.

State and federal cultural organisations to develop standards, policies and reporting for the national curriculum and expertise regarding cultural sensitivities as part of the curriculum.

Australian universities, particularly those with Education courses (under and postgraduate) particularly for tertiary students to navigate racism and multiculturalism as a teacher, as well as developing cultural intelligence.


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

Producer / writer / director Ravi Chand has met and consulted with several Federal and State politicians, numerous cultural organisations and national South Asian media.

Five Year Grandma also has the support of the Australian Indian Historical Society and the Indian Diaspora community.

The Australian Historical Society is a team of incredible historians that will help uncover Australian Indian History not known by the general Australian public.

Ravi Chand and Producer Diana Fisk are also working with Film Victoria and Screen Australia as they prepare their applications for development funding.

All of the above relationships inform story development, content and strategies for the social impact campaign and support from a number of large audiences for the documentary.

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

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

1. Viewers to ensure their local school is implementing the Five Year Grandma curriculum to tackle racism in high schools around the country.

2. Contact their local member to ensure their local school is implementing the Five Year Grandma curriculum to tackle racism in high schools around the country.

3. Advocate on social media for their networks to watch the documentary.

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

Short term (web series) - total video views of 20K+
NB. The Facebook video pitch of Five Year Grandma exceeded 700 shares, 330,000 views and 1600 likes / reactions in just a few months. As such it is now being developed into a feature documentary.

Success for the feature documentary now includes:
- Research / evidence of significantly decreased instances of racist behaviour and attacks in high schools around Australia.
- Further funding from State and Federal government to ensure the Five Year Grandma curriculum continues to grow and evolve.
- Selection into A-List international festivals.
- National and international broadcast and cinema release.