Wini’s Song chronicles the inspirational life of award-winning Noongar singer-songwriter Gina Williams. The film works off the premise that “it takes a village to raise a child,” and follows Gina’s own journey, as a product of the Stolen Generations, Gina was raised by four families (through adoption and foster care). Thanks to the village, she grew up to break the cycle of intergenerational trauma and become a champion for love and healing across the whole Western Australian community. Told with endearing humour, in both Noongar language and English, this is a story of deep sadness and great joy, because we all understand what those things mean, in anyone’s language.
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A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing
The issues addressed in Wini’s Song include Indigenous languages (Noongar language), adoption and foster care, social justice, domestic violence, alcohol abuse, the Stolen Generations, child sexual abuse and racism. These issues have been prevalent in the past and many decades later still are widespread at the core of Australian society. The intergenerational trauma that still exists from past Government and Institutional policies continue to affect many Indigenous people across the entire country from remote settlements to large regional centres and our capital cities. We see this documentary as a celebration of what can happen when “the village gets it right” and a survival kit for those who are currently experiencing difficulties similar to Gina’s.
What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?
We want audiences to feel there is a sense of hope for our future. Gina has dedicated a lifetime to, bringing people together and issuing simple “calls to action. This story personalises the historical repression of Indigenous Australians which has led to generations of instability in the family unit, being handed down generation after generation. Ultimately, we want the film to educate and inform and SHOW people that it is possible to break these cycles so that this does not happen again.
What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?
In the short term, present an inspirational documentary for others facing similar situations. We believe this story will inspire Indigenous Australians facing similar issues to pursue their goals, connect with culture, family, instil pride in identity and work hard to attain your dreams.
In the medium-term, the changes inspired from our film include culture and language programs in schools and universities using the music and Noongar language assets created by the film. The use of the film with a study guide in educational institutions. Live events with music from the film and TedX style conferences.
In the long-term, in Indigenous communities around Australia reduced alcohol abuse, domestic violence and child sexual abuse. This would hopefully lead to a decrease in people with mental health and physical health conditions. Establish long running language speaking education programs which would lead to an increase in language speakers and a revival in language and culture.
How will this documentary achieve its outcomes?
We want our audience to be involved in change. Firstly, there needs to be an attitudinal shift and we believe this film will stimulate discussion and participation to achieve this.
Secondly, doctorial and philosophical changes by documenting attitudes and writing/recording and disseminating our changed thoughts and publishing/broadcasting these changes to the world.
Third and final is physical change. Highlighting and talking openly – having the “difficult” conversations need to happen to invoke change. Calling out bad behaviours will lead to change. Stop alcohol and drug abuse. Stop sexual abuse of children. Stop racism and instil equality and equity in the community for all Australians.
All of the above can be facilitated by hosted screenings and live panel discussions of the film, by associated organisations, special interest groups, educational institutions, individuals and by using extra-curricular materials generated to support the educational aspect of the film.
How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?
The film’s key Contributor – Gina William has many partnerships with Indigenous community, arts, health, NGO and Government groups in Western Australia. She is a peer for the Australia Council and the Department for Local Government, Sporting and Cultural Industries, an Ambassador for the Australasian Performing Rights Association (APRA), a part of the British Council’s Accelerate Arts and Cultural Leadership Alumni (2012 cohort), Winner of the 2017 Aboriginal category of the Western Australian of the Year Awards and a member of the WA Women’s Hall of Fame (2018 Inductee).
She and musical partner, Guy Ghouse are also five times winners of the Best Indigenous Act of the WA Music Industry (WAMi) Awards. Our intention is to partner with these organisations to help formulate a strategy to help us access our target audience These are organisation’s that share the same mission and goals as the film and may be also help with financial or in-kind resources to assist reaching the same goal.
Audience Engagement and Social Impact
What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?
We want people to learn the language of the land on which they are living. #Fivewords is a campaign Gina has been pushing for a number of years now and has resulted in a welcome song (Wanjoo) reaching over a million children and being used by Play School.
Our Call to Action will be coordinated with support from various organisations affiliated with the film, will involve a number of measures that will include becoming involved in campaigns for change. The film’s website will have a Call to Action page where interested viewers can sign a petition to support change for people with issues to those expressed in the film.
Through our Cinema on Demand partner people can host their own screening of the film and invite key Indigenous participants to talk and share their views on the film and the processes and action for change.Educational material produced in association with ATOM will be disseminated to schools to use in conjunction with viewing the film.
Measurement and Evaluation
What is the projects indicators for success?
The impact of the film will be measured in a number of ways. Traditional ways of measuring impact on the audience will be by an associated study guide and support campaign with ATOM and how many users across secondary and tertiary schools utilise the materials. Social media usage statistics, online forums, email, feedback, comments etc. Media monitoring and tracking. Broadcast program sales, press and news coverage of the film and its release. Subsequent community engagement and interaction through films screenings, talks and presentations. Numbers of people that subscribe and register with the Call to Action on the film’s website.
Other measure will include workshop delivery, increases in audiences wanting to learn language, digital downloads of music associated with this film and attendances to subsequent performances.