“It’s all about communication”
In a series of Saturday workshops at the African Australian Community Centre, young African Australians, the Neighbourhood Justice Centre, Victoria Police and Victoria Legal Aid explored community experiences of the justice system in the inner West of Melbourne.
They shared their stories about justice through creative workshops using drama, film, photography and music. Storyscape worked in partnership with Playback Theatre, hip-hop artist Mantra (Rob Tremlett) and music producer Monkeymarc, with the result being two wonderful short films made by participants – «We’re not a gang», and «It’s all about communication».
The films were screened alongside powerful theatrical performances by participants, at a community event attended by police, magistrates and the African community. This work supports the recently formed Reference Group between young African Australians, Sunshine Magistrates’ Court and other justice agencies. It aims to further strengthen the relationship between young African Australians and the justice system. The project was funded by the Neighbourhood Justice Centre.