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Ride like an Anzac

‘Ride like an Anzac’ is a 27 minute film inspired by the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba in 2017.

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Impact areas

ARTS

HUMAN RIGHTS & SOCIAL JUSTICE

INDIGENOUS

YOUTH & EDUCATION

Crew

  • DIRECTOR Adam Dostalek

  • PRODUCER Judy Menczel

Synopsis

DURATION: 27 MINUTES

‘Ride like an Anzac’ is a 27 minute film inspired by the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba in 2017.

The film will combine the stories of participants in the Light Horse Re-enactment and the ‘Ride like an Anzac’ commemorative bike ride tracing the Anzac Route taken by the Light Horsemen 100 years ago. Two different initiatives, brought together to honour the memory of our Anzacs, from all backgrounds.

The film will weave the history with what country and values mean to a diverse group of characters that went to Israel in 2017 and its continuing impact

The film will explore the strong relationship Australia has to Israel through the story of the Battle of Beersheba, and unlike commemorating the defeat at Gallipoli, we will explore how the important Victory at Beersheba (the greatest victory of the Anzac’s), played a pivotal role in the outcome of World War I as well as shaping the Middle East of today.

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Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

The main Issues for the film are recognition of the Battle of Beersheba and its importance and the important role of the Indigenous solidiers at the Battle and the impact on their descendants.

Impact

What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

We can understand our present by looking back at our past.

Outcomes

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

We aim to look at the Battle of Beersheba as a major victory in WW1, which cemented the historical relationship between Australia and Israel. A relationship that still remains strong today. We also aim to raise awareness to the incredible contribution of Indigenous Light Horsemen in this important Australian Victory.

The film explores ideas of belonging through the prism of the battle and the commemorative bike ride. We meet Indigenous Australians whose ancestors fought in the battle, Australians who are celebrating the links between Australia and Israel by riding the Anzac trail by bike and finally the ongoing importance of creating optimism through heroes and heroic deeds.

The film has been acquired by ABC TV to be shown in prime time and we plan to distribute the film widely, especially educationally with study guide based on Curriculum.

Stakeholders

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

We have had in-kind support from the Australian Light Horse Association and the Ride Like an Anzac Organisation.

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

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

The film is intended to do the following:

- Promote recognition of Indigenous Lighthorsemen
- Recognise Indigenous involvement in the military
- Highlight the importance historical link between Israel and Australia
- Promote a sporting event that links Australia and Israel
- Pay tribute to an important Australian historical event commemorated

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

We will know our film has had an impact when we have considerable Media Coverage, an Educational Package and Indigenous Men and Women are formally recognised for their contribution.

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