In My Own Words

The raw, heartfelt and often funny journey of adult Aboriginal students and their teachers as they discover the transformative power of reading and writing for the first time.

Raw, heartfelt, sometimes painstaking but often funny, In My Own Words follows the journey of adult Aboriginal students and their teachers as they discover the transformative power of reading and writing for the first time in their lives. "They don't think they can do it, but I know they can", says indefatigable class organiser Mary. Erica Glynn's documentary focuses on a classroom in Brewarrina, a rural northwest NSW town with a majority Aboriginal population. Research reveals that 45-65% of Aboriginal adults are functionally illiterate. Filming every day of the 13-week course, Glynn captures the woman and men, the poverty and hardship, behind this sobering statistic.

Festival guests: Erica Glynn and Darren Dale

This film is nominated for the Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Australian Documentary:


Screens with: Marrimarrigun
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Erica Glynn

Australia

63 mins

English

15+

2017

Erica Glynn

Darren Dale

Simon Morris

Karryn de Cinque

Indigenous & First Nations, Documentary Australia Foundation Award, Literary & Adaptations, World Premieres

Production Company: Blackfella Films