"In My Own Words" documentary screening
In My Own Words follows the journey of adult Aboriginal students and their teachers as they discover the transformative power of reading and writing for the first time. More than 40% of Aboriginal adults have low English literacy and in remote areas the figure can be as high as 70%. While a community’s literacy levels remain low, attempts to overcome disadvantage may face enormous challenges. Where illiteracy can be an obstacle to success, literacy can be a key tool towards individual and community empowerment.
The focus of the documentary is on a classroom in Brewarrina, a rural northwest NSW town with a majority Aboriginal population. Filming every day of a 13-week Literacy for Life Foundation course, director Erica Glynn captures the women and men, hardship and resilience, friendship and humour behind the sobering statistics.
In My Own Words, directed by Erica Glynn, is a Blackfella Films production. We are screening it as part of Monash University's Diversity and Inclusion Week 2019.
Catch it at Parkville campus on Tuesday 8 October at 4pm in Lecture Theatre 1.
We'll provide snacks!
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