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Talking FactSheet Project

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The Talking Fact Sheet project is transforming our written legal information Fact Sheets into ‘Talking Fact Sheets’, very short films produced by Aboriginal people, for Aboriginal people, in the style of edutainment/infomercials (30 seconds – 2 minutes long), and in a language, style and genre that best reflects the aspirations and cultural outlook of local environments.

There is a background

We have a couple of aims

The Talking Fact Sheet project aims to inspire young Aboriginal people to develop skills in new media technologies and to use the web to source and upload legal rights information that speak to their own lives.

At the same time, the project aims to increase accessibility to legal and human rights information for Aboriginal men, women and children in Aboriginal communities and households across NSW.

The Talking Fact Sheet project also addresses our aim of developing and implementing sustainable, prevention-based initiatives through the production of accessible, educative, informative and entertaining films that reach a broad range of Aboriginal people and meet their early legal information needs.

How we’re doing it

It is very much a collaboration between local Aboriginal community groups and key facilitators (field officers), with the intention of creating a dynamic bridge between legal rights information, a person’s legal rights and responsibilities, local communities, and Aboriginal people and communities.

The Talking Fact Sheet project is training key Aboriginal ALS field officers in basic video production, using local resources available (eg. Handycams, mobile phones with video cameras, cameras) who are in turn training other Aboriginal staff members and targeted members of the community in the same set of skills.

Working with Aboriginal community groups and ALS field officers as facilitators, the project encourages sensible and accurate discussion about legal rights issues in a community setting.

The films produced reflect real-life legal scenarios that Aboriginal people face in their local communities.

Ideally we hope

By producing moving images, the Talking Fact Sheet project is tapping into the power of visual storytelling, the huge potential created by making filmmaking accessible to all, and the advent of social networking tools.

The Talking Fact Sheet project promotes ‘accelerated crowd learning’ and provides a platform for social change.

It’s funded

The Talking Fact Sheet project is gratefully funded by the Law and Justice Foundation of NSW.