Earlier this year, you made together with Dr. Marissa Betts a film called “ROLA” on the overlap of Aboriginal knowledge and Western Geoscience in the New England region of New South Wales.
Now, the film has been awarded as best film in the category "Human Connection" at the Earth Futures Festival. It has been chosen along with 5 other films for a special screening at UNESCO HQ in Paris, with other screenings in NYC, Sydney and Rome. First of all, congratulations! What came to your mind when you got this good news?
Working with the director Dr Marissa Betts, as well as the protagonists in the documentary was such an uplifting and rewarding experience. The filming went relatively smoothly which left me feeling a bit of pressure to edit the film into a form that was representative of and honored the insights shared with us. When we found out that we’d been listed as a finalist it was a huge relief!
How did the shortlisting for the festival come about? Did you apply for the competition yourself?
The film was initiated by Dr Marissa Betts who in addition to being a respected paleontologist and geologist, is very dedicated to science education and outreach. Where Aboriginal knowledge overlaps with the geo-sciences is something Dr Betts has wanted to include in her own teaching and research for some time, so when the Earth Futures festival put out a call for films, she approached me about collaborating on the production of the film. The festival was a helpful catalyst in digging deeper into the topic through making a film.