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Rosemary’s Way

Charismatic changemaker, Rosemary Kariuki, is on a mission to empower migrant women, enticing them out of cultural silos


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  • DIRECTOR Ros Horin

  • PRODUCER Pat Fiske



Rosemary’s Way is a celebration of the remarkable Rosemary Kariuki and her unique work in drawing migrant women out of their
suburban isolation, into connection with other cultures, so they can better participate in Australian life. In the film, Rosemary is our
host, our guide, our effervescent facilitator; but the key characters are the migrant women who are drawn into her wake. By
following Rosemary over the course of a year on her various adventures with these women, the film takes us on a deep dive into
their lives. We are witness to intimate revelations, that are uncensored and come straight from the heart, as the women share their
experiences with other women. And what we discover is surprising and unexpected.

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49.27% funded
  • $350,000.00

  • $172,440.00

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Louise M Burton $500.00
Susanne Weress $100.00
Anonymous $50.00
Brodie Clarke $10.00
Anonymous $20.00
Linda Ho $30.00
Dana Kuhn $200.00
Jozio Pty Ltd $10,000.00
mike rubbo $100.00
Sue Jacobs $500.00
Jozio Pty Ltd $42,000.00
Anonymous $100.00
Peter Nelson $50.00
Anonymous $50.00
Caitlin Barry $20.00
Caitlin Barry $0.00
Maya Norville $15.00
Romy Livock $15.00
Anonymous $100.00
Ivy Zhu $100.00
Thom Calma $1,040.00
Robertson Foundation $5,000.00
Anonymous $1,000.00
Robin Taylor $1,040.00
Kathryn Refshauge $1,040.00
Janet Wahlquist $1,040.00
Sarah Patterson $340.00
Ben Dumbleton $1,040.00
Grace Calma $1,040.00
Tom Calma $1,040.00
Rosa Saladino $1,040.00
Sally De Dear $1,040.00
Alexander Reznick $1,040.00
Lynette (Nettie) Marie $1,040.00
Elizabeth Watkins $1,040.00
Phoebe Howe $1,040.00
Alison Matthews $1,040.00
Sheng Hong $1,040.00
Sarah Hansen $1,040.00
Nicky LoBianco $1,040.00
Alice Calma $1,040.00
Monica Roseworn $1,040.00
Robyn Bore $1,040.00
Jerry McNamara $1,040.00
Horizon Foundation $10,000.00
Barbara Smith $500.00

Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

Many migrant women are dealing with extreme isolation, fear and loneliness, domestic violence, rape or the effects of
having lost everything and starting from zero in a new country. The polarisation that has occurred worldwide in the
last 5-10 years has created fear and isolationist mentalities and a growth of extreme right wing populist parties
espousing racism, hatred and violence. As a consequence it has become harder for migrants/refugees to settle in new
countries and feel they belong.


What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

We believe this film can be an important tool to help change attitudes, deepen understanding and build empathy
towards migrant women. We want frontline community services workers to see migrant women through a different
lens, and consequently develop a deeper insight into the specific challenges migrant women face. The film will also
stimulate them to think about more nuanced, lateral, and culturally appropriate ways in which they might be better
able to assist them.


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

Our objective in making this film is to provide a ‘positive’ antidote to negative, socially destructive behaviour. Through
creating portraits of refugee/migrant women from diverse ethnic backgrounds, the film will help to create empathy
and understanding of migrants. It will also give audiences an insight into the lives and the complex challenges
migrant women from CALD backgrounds face in the process of settlement. We want audiences to be inspired by
Rosemary as they see all that she achieves through her individual initiatives. We want the film to stimulate audiences
to think about what they themselves can do to make migrants feel welcome and how they can assist them with their
settlement into our communities, developing greater social inclusion and cohesiveness in our country. We want this
film to give the audience a deeper understanding of the nature of ‘multiculturalism’ in Australia and the various layers
it is comprised of.


How will this documentary achieve its outcomes?

We will make sure all relevant organisations and community groups know that the film exists and encourage them to
organise on-demand screenings – either in theatres or for groups watching in small venues. We plan to develop
training resources for police academies, hospitals, counseling services, local councils, community centres,
government agencies such as Centrelink. A schools version of the film will also be produced, with teacher resources
and classroom materials. We will use computer analytics via the screenings, social media responses and the website
to determine the impact.


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

Community Migrant Resource Centre, Migrant Women Speakout, Startts, The Ethnic Affairs Commission, Sydney Community Foundation, Settlement Services International and more.

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

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

To get people to know their neighbours, to invite migrants and refugees home, on social occasions, include them in the community.

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

Our indicators for success are: an increase in public discourse about trauma and recovery, intergenerational trauma and family relationships; and an increase in the disclosure of personal stories by those who have seen the film or heard about it. We will know we have achieved our impact vision when the film is screened at a large range of festivals, cinemas and community events.