The Spirit Walker, tells the inspirational story of 27 year old Clinton Pryor, a young indigenous man from Perth. Clinton lost both his parents by the age of 16 and spent years living on the streets but then was called to stand up for his people and prove to himself that he could make a difference. The film captures the last stages of his epic year-long 6,000km journey on foot from Perth to the Federal Parliament in Canberra to meet with the Prime Minister in the name of justice for his people.
A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing
Indigenous Australians continue to be one of the most vulnerable groups in Australia. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders experience deep and constant struggles. Many of these issues, linked to the colonisation of Australia, have failed to be solved by the Australian government past and present. Indigenous communities across Australia face a lack of government services, high rates of youth suicide, high unemployment, high imprisonment rates, deaths in custody, poor treatment of youth in juvenile centers and homelessness. These issues inspired Clinton Pryor to walk across Australia for a humble conversation with the Prime Minister. This film documents that inspiring walk, demonstrates the determination of Indigenous Australians to make change and aims to raise awareness of the way the Australian government treats the Indigenous people of this country.
What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?
Indigenous Australians have a unique place as the original inhabitants of the land for over 60,000 years. They maintain strong connections to their culture, language and traditional lands. We made this film to show how Indigenous Australians are being treated by our government at the highest level. We want to inspire change in our attitudes and actions at all levels of society. We want to see an Australian society which embraces and supports the many different Indigenous cultures of Australia al
What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?
The specific outcomes that the series aims to achieve include:
- Have Clinton inspire others to make change through his example.
- To raise awareness on the key Indigenous issues important to Clinton such as: lack of government services to communities, youth suicide prevention support, deaths in custody, the treatment of youth in juvenile centers and homelessness.
- Raise Clinton’s profile as a voice for Indigenous youth.
- Have the film screened on a national broadcaster to create further awareness of Clinton’s message.
- Have the film connect with a wide online audience.
How will this documentary achieve its outcomes?
The primary focus for the outreach strategy is to have the film seen by as wide an audience as possible online to inspire people to take action worldwide. It is also our hope that the film can help build Clinton’s profile and continue his work as an advocate for the issues of his people long after the walk has ended.
Secondarily we hope the film can be used in schools and Indigenous communities, to use Clinton as a positive role model for young people. It is our intention that Clinton can inspire young people to not wait for the world to change but to get out there and be the change, just as he is doing.
How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?
We are not partnered with any organisations.
Audience Engagement and Social Impact
What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?
After watching Clinton’s walk across Australia we hope that our viewers are inspired to take more steps to understand the richness of Indigenous culture. We want them to engage in the public debates around Indigenous rights and services. We would like them to insist that Indigenous issues be raised towards the top of the political agenda. We want people to demand that the government change the way that they interact with Indigenous peoples. Ultimately we want a country in which Indigenous people feel supported by all Australians and that all Australians recognise their invaluable contribution to this country and its identity.
Measurement and Evaluation
What is the projects indicators for success?
The film screened on national television.