Saturday, August 31, 2013

An Australian rural school's film project expresses appreciation to Indonesia

"Terima kasih Indonesia", a charming 3-minute film produced by Grade 5/6 Indonesian-language students at St Patrick's primary school in the rural Victorian town of Nhill, is highly recommended.

It portrays the personal story of a local wheat farmer's son who explains how his family relies on exporting, particularly to Indonesia. It explores the interconnection between being selected by Indonesians as a good and secure food supplier and the prosperity enjoyed by his family and community. "Thank you Indonesia," it concludes.

http://youtu.be/jPyNTYOuo6o
 "Thank you Indonesia" at http://youtu.be/jPyNTYOuo6o

The film was created for the Framing Asia Film Festival (pdf) conducted by the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria (through funding from the National Asian Languages and Studies in Schools Program) which "highlighted the powerful outcomes which are possible when Languages are taken out of isolation and students are able to make connections with other areas of the curriculum through Studies of Asia and Asia Literacy."

Participating schools received a $1,000 grant to purchase ICT equipment and software necessary to complete a short film. Of about 50 films produced by Catholic schools state-wide, 30 were selected and screened at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) at Federation Square in Melbourne.

Enjoy here!

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