Tonight in Parramatta, the Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE) hosted a forum attended by Muslim screen-based artists, filmmakers and journalists, keen to hear about ISLAM. I AM, an early development opportunity coordinated by Jungle in association with I.C.E.
This first stage of development was jointly funded by Screen NSW and the ABC. The facilitators invited expressions of interest from Australian Muslim to participate in the project, from conception to execution of their own stories in the documentary series.
The scope to increase diverse participation in media production, on and off screen, was duly acknowledged. The path to rectify this will take persistence, opportunity and talent; hustle in surround.
Those present at this gathering were not shy of talent or strong opinion. While ideas may be generated, integrity of product is core. Likewise, respect for ‘story telling’ capacity needs to be moderated authentically by the community for whom these stories are curated. I am optimistic that the hard work of a determined few in this sector will lead to social change sooner than later.
Another massive benefit of these meetings was the fortuitous catch ups with creatives in the community – trailblazers and role models at every turn!
If you identify as Muslim and want to participate, please take a look at the EOI here: