Boori Monty Pryor will make you laugh & cry at the same time. Depite now being a household name, things weren’t always easy for Boori. When his brother Paul chose to take his own life in the face of systemic racism Boori cast aside his own deep anguish to take on the work his brother had started as a cultural storyteller, performer and teacher. Storykeepers takes viewers into the heart of the man and the heart of the country. This is the story of Boori. This is how we heal Australia.
A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing
Aboriginal Australian men have the highest suicide rate in the world and Aboriginal Australian women have the fastest growing suicide rate in the world. Suicide impacts the lives of 95 per cent of Aboriginal people. The protagonist of our documentary, Boori, was not immune to this, he’d lost three of his siblings before he was 35.
#3 Forced removal of Children
What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?
Storykeepers will confront misconceptions and share the true story of colonial Australia. It will raise awareness of the genocide and horrific policies that have been inflicted on Aboriginal Australians since invasion and explore the impact that continuing racial discrimination has on Australians. Storykeepers will help heal the wounds of colonisation by offering Boori's magical stories and demonstrating that stories have a profound ability to create connection and mutual understanding.
What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?
We want all aboriginal kids out of jail. We want the life expectancy gap closed for young people. We want to stop the growth of rates of suicide for aborigial boys and girls. We want to inspire the next generation of aborigial storytellers. Keep our 300 languages alive. Ensure boori is recognised as a public figure. Demonstrate that Directors like Hayden who have experienced extreme marginalisation are just as worthy and capable of being great artists and contributors to society.
How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?
Yes- We are continuously talking to groups with relevant experience and research.
Audience Engagement and Social Impact
What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?
Audience will feel empowered with knowledge and speak to others
Audiences will be inspired to reduce inequality by sharing their own stories
Audiences will be motivated to correct misconceptions about Australia's history by sharing stories
Measurement and Evaluation
What is the projects indicators for success?
We aim to reach 1 million young people with the film. We want a signifiant proportion of these kids to use the educational research package to learn and write/create their own stories.