“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines
of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
Martin Luther King, Jr
Woven Threads is a documentary series reminding us of our shared humanity and the frailty of life. It is presented through a series of short, honest and emotional animations, in the hope that it ‘will strengthen and build the connections between people, teach the value of listening, and weave into the fabric of our culture the understanding that every life matters.” (Story Corps, www.storycorps.org)
The three - four minute stories, being animations, break down the barrier of the other—the outsider—allowing emotional connections to happen.
This first Series Woven Threads - stories from afar focuses on the plight of the refugee and they are designed to elicit empathy and understanding, so that for a few minutes it is the human and not the refugee experience that is central. By finding this common ground, maybe, for a moment, the debates, disputes and fears surrounding migrants, refugees and asylum seekers might stop being so polarised and politicised.
The colourful and intricate tapestry of Woven Threads reminds us that regardless of creed or colour we all belong to the same human family, and as mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters we care for each other and dare to hope for peace and a safe place to call home.
Our intent is to involve and unite people, not only within Australia but around the world. The tragedy of the asylum seeker is global and as such needs a global solution. It is our hope that Woven Threads with its many colours will weave its magic as it delights, entertains and diminishes our fear of the other.
Woven Threads - stories from within is the second series under the Woven Threads banner. Although great efforts have been made to de-stigmatise problems with mental health, it is still often denied or hidden, especially amongst men. Unfortunately, these problems are on the increase and they do not discriminate. They strike all genders, all ages, all ethnicities and all socio-economic categories. Through our stories we will increase awareness of these problems as well as engender hope and courage in those who are struggling to maintain an existence.
Our aim is to work together with organisations which are focused on supporting people with mental health. We hope that through collaborating with these organisations we shall give mental health suffers the opportunity to share their stories. Through the opportunity of story-telling we believe
that the mental health suffers will regain some of their self-respect and self-worth. We too will gain from the experience simply because we have extended a hand of friendship and given some hope to those who are struggling to have any.
For more information please have a look at Documentary Australia Foundation's website