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Voices from the Cape

I'd just like to pass on some info to those of you may be interested. It's a documentary airing on ABC, and is about a Community Prophets program in the Aboriginal community of Aurukun (Cape York-far north QLD), engaging young people to make films and music.

In a nation abuzz with talk of the proposed ‘education revolution’, Voices from the Cape is an inspiring story set in the community of Aurukun. This two-part series for Message Stick documents a genuinely exciting approach to engaging young people from at-risk communities and inspiring them to use their voices again.

In April 2007, the community school in Aurukun invited David Vadiveloo to bring his unique ‘Community Prophets’ training model to engage their students. A filmmaker and former human rights lawyer, Vadiveloo says his model of working with marginalised youth can engage any group of young people in any community in the world. In Aurukun he proposed that not only would his team re-engage students with the school, but those students in his program would create 3 high quality short films for screening at a national youth festival.

For six weeks the Community Prophets team, led by Vadiveloo, worked with the community and youth of Aurukun. What transpired during the program was confronting, frustrating and emotionally raw. The young students were pushed to raise their own expectations and ultimately they proved to everyone that if they and their families are involved in the school system, they will display as much gifted and dedicated attention to their education as any young people in this country.

Voices from the Cape illustrates that the digital revolution is not simply about teaching children how to push the right buttons. Rather, it’s about opening children’s minds to the idea that these buttons can empower their communities, give them agency in their lives, a voice on the global stage, celebrate their identity, offer new possibilities for employment and, where necessary, bring attention to social issues that need to be addressed.


Episode 1 - Sunday 22nd February / 1:30pm
Episode 2 - Sunday 1st March / 1:30pm


ABC 1 (repeat)
Episode 1 - Friday 27th February / 6pm
Episode 2 - Friday 6th March / 6pm

Thanks to Vincent for letting us know about this great project.

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