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Average Australian citizens from farmers to doctors, are being compelled to fight battles they never imagined they would need to, with reports out of Standing Rock about America’s North Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), filling news feeds on global social media sites, and people powered planetary protection happening in just about every nook and cranny of the world. One blog is headed: Australia has its own Dakota pipleine story and it’s happening right now!
Koonorigan filmmakers David Lowe and Eve Jeffery (our reader’s sister-in-law) produced, directed and edited the clip, working with local artivist filmmakers Cloudcatcher Media, who spend much of their time documenting these struggles and were themselves compelled to create a short animation as a response to those who would if they could, but didn’t know how.
Citizen to Activist, or as it is affectionately known C2A, is a not-so serious guide to becoming an activist, using the example of the Australian fight against unconventional gas and coal mining, travelling the film festival circuit for almost a year with national and international screenings. It has had great success with audiences from every quarter enjoying the film, as well as some wins at film festivals including a place at the Noosa International Film Festival and winning the jury prize for best film at Byron All Shorts.
Everyone involved with the film gave tirelessly and freely of their time and energy. David and Eve felt that with no money made or exchanged in the making of the film, it was destined to be a part of the Creative Commons, so C2A has one more gift to give – the film has just been released on several platforms for free public viewing.
‘With NGOs being hamstrung by fears of losing tax deductibility, the ABC under the hammer and much of the private media increasingly owned by mining interests, it’s up to citizens to educate and uplift one another,’ says Cloudcatcher David Lowe.
‘This is why we’re giving this film away for free.’
It is hoped that citizens will watch and share the film and gain strength and hope from its message as we step one more day into the fray.