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A huge congratulations to the creative team behind the Akolkol Dastan Gesa film project with young people from multilingual backgrounds.

The music film clip they created, SAME DRUM, will premiere to cast and crew at the Backlot Theatre in Perth today (13 Feb) as part of the Fringeworld Festival.

Akolkol Dastan Gesa means “story” in the three main languages spoken by the young people who started the project i.e. Dinka, Dari and Arabic. This project is a unique opportunity for young people to be leaders in telling their own stories.

The young participants worked with a team of high-profile artists to create a music video and script for a short film. The team includes producer/director Poppy van Oorde-Grainger, musician Scott Griffiths, writer David Vincent Smith, cinematographer Matsu and filmmaker Gemma Parsons.

As a young teenage migrant herself, Poppy said she wanted to direct this project to empower young people, give new Australians a voice and increase diversity on screen.

Akolkol Dastan Gesa is supported by project partners Beyond Empathy, Aranmore Catholic College, DADAA and Community Arts Network and the Australia Council for the Arts.

The Fringeworld event is sold out but you can catch the film at the following 2018 Harmony Week events:

Catalyst For Change Screening organised by Youth Affairs Council of WA

Thursday 15th March, 6pm, Curtin University. Tickets available via

Harmony Week Event in conjunction with Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre

Friday 16th March, 10am – 2pm, Herb Graham Recreation Centre, Mirrabooka. Free entry


Image by Matsu Photography

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