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I Am Black and Beautiful

An innovative project that brought together our students with an intellectual disability and the Afro-Australian female community.

I Am Black and Beautiful, is a short film project produced through our documentary film studies program for people with intellectual disabilities. The project was designed to integrate cultural studies, world politics and documentary studies into a program for our students, across 11 months.

We worked with emerging Afro-Australian director, Hawanatu Bangura to bring the project to life, along with the class tutor and producer, Sarah Jane Johnson.

We were extremely interested in brining together our students with the Afro-Australian community to learn more about another culture, research techniques, documentary modes, racial issues, feminism and more.

The project was informed by our accessible film studies curriculum and aimed to produce transformational outcomes in the lives of our students, these outcomes included; increased social skills, vocabulary, improved critical thinking, confidence, work ready skills and more.

The project was conducted at the Australian Film Television and Radio School and sponsored by Panavision, Big Bang Sound Design and many other volunteers.

We look forward to keeping you up to date on where the project goes! Keep to date with our blog and Facebook page!

Hawanatu Bangura mentoring Joni Campbell

Check out how we made I Am Black and Beautiful!!!

Behind the Scenes with Gillean by Susan Trent @gasbagstudios