Organisational storytellers: Western chances
A look at the Western Chances digital storytelling project.
-Western Chances is at its core, a scholarship organisation. We offer chances to young people in the form of scholarships. We also offer opportunities to young people more broadly in the west through brokering with organisations like ACMI to take to them opportunities and give them opportunities they may not otherwise have, and that's where ACMI really fits in.
ESTEBAN GUERRERO (VOICEOVER): La Patria o La Tuma is a line in the Uruguayan anthem. It means the homeland or the tomb.
-Digital story is a little piece of your life or a story that you want to tell, something that you feel is important to tell.
ESTEBAN GUERRERO (VOICEOVER): They built a big network of friends and enjoyed life with the family. I was five when I went to Uruguay. My father decided it was possibly the last opportunity to see my abuelo.
-There is obviously a great need for a lot of these young people to tell that story. Even though it's hard, and even though quite often, in the public screenings, they have never told that story to anyone else, or they're actually in tears when they're watching it because it really is close to the bone. They're actually happy to tell it, and it seems to give them an outlet to tell a story, or express something that they haven't been up to express in any other way.
-It's a story of my family in their time, when they're living in Uruguay, when there were socialists. And there was a huge crack down on socialism.
ESTEBAN GUERRERO (VOICEOVER): They'll be sent to camps or would just go missing. With the new military regime, Uruguay was indeed dead to my parents, so they fled for Australia in 1974. Mom was 21, dad was 32.
-Five or six weeks after the digital story workshops, we have a public viewing, and the young people can invite whoever they like. And we have our sponsors come. We have staff from the schools come. The young people invite friends and family. We now have been doing this. This will be our third year, so we've now built up our own collection and our own library of probably about 60 stories, and we add probably about 26 or 27 stories every year. So we're building up a very large body of work now.
-I don't think I'll be able to do this on my own. I think that it just furthered me in a direction where I'd normally wouldn't have gone.