An award-winning journalist, Allan Clarke, returns to his hometown, Bourke, to explore the civil rights struggle in the town and how reviving the memory of that struggle can change lives for the children of Bourke today. That fight decades ago, affects young people today in Bourke and across Australia, and the stakes are high. Aboriginal youth are the most incarcerated in the world and the most likely to kill themselves. Bourke is associated with poverty, dysfunction and failure. Allan’s journey to reveal Bourke’s hidden black history blows this depressing and constricted narrative apart. It is intimate, honest, confronting and ultimately inspiring, as he begins to engage the children in the process of discovering the past. Together they will ask the hardest questions. Did the old people’s struggle fail? How can the town recover the spirit that imbued its passionate earlier activism? How to ensure it’s not too late for the children?
A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing
Aboriginal youth are both the most incarcerated in the world and the most likely to kill themselves. Bourke today is associated with poverty, dysfunction and failure.
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How will this documentary achieve its outcomes?
Our documentary will reveal a new way to see Bourke's history and Australian history by adding an inspiring story of brave individuals - unlikely allies who changed history together.
How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?
We have a relationship with Dusseldorp Forum which is involved in closing the gap for the Indigenous community in Bourke where our story is set. We have a partner in Oral History NSW which is supporting some of our activity related to Bourke oral history. The development of an oral history project for children and young people in Bourke is central to our documentary.
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Measurement and Evaluation
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