Restoring Hope

Australian Catholic University
15 mins - promotion - language: English

With a
 very limited remaining budget to continue what was at the time the only internationally
accredited tertiary diploma course available to
 refugees and migrants on the Thai-Myanmar
border, the ACU commissioned a film highlighting the importance of, and seek
funding for, the program. It was a huge success and the program continues today

Film Brief, Budget & Credits

Film Brief Film to be shown to potential donors evidencing the impact and importance of funding, as well as encouraging further support, for the ACU's tertiary diploma program on the Thai-Myanmar border. Budget Range US$10-15,000 Client - Australian Catholic University Duration - 15min Genre - Information & Promotion Directed, Scripted, Filmed & Edited - Timothy Syrota

Director's Guff

When approached about making this film, the Australian Catholic University did not have the funding to continue their two year diploma course on the Thai-Myanmar border for a further cycle of the program. It was the only internationally accredited / recognised education available to the thousands of refugee and migrant students along the border and as such provided a very real stepping stone to university entrance or meaningful employment, often with an international organisation. The teaching staff – ACU lecturers – were committed volunteers, working both remotely and with face-to-face intensive tuition. The application and dedication of students, who often worked full time as well as studying, was similarly inspiring. Consequently, and in short, it was a pleasure to make a film which was ultimately used for many years to help the ACU secure funding and promote their very meaningful work on the border.