In a recent project "Southside Rise" we the Black Friars, a
pan-pacific theatre company from South Auckland, documented the
journey it took from initial planning to the stage. Now we're
ready to take it to the big screen!
Southside Rise brought together 60 young leaders from 8 South
Auckland schools in an all-singing, all-dancing, full scale
original musical production. It shared our stories, challenges and
the adversities we face living in South Auckland, answering the
question "What is leadership to you?"
In honour of both this project and the continuous growth of our
collective, I used this footage to collate a submission to the
Nukualofa Tongan Film Festival. This festival provides a platform
for pan Pacific artists to showcase and retell their stories and
journeys through film.
Our submission documents the journey we underwent to bring
Southside Rise to the stage. It allows our viewers an inside
glimpse of our collective in its raw essence, and a view of the
mahi, alofa and passion that goes into producing and directing a
Black Friars show.
As a collective, we plan on attending the Festival and potentially
connect with local artists along the way. What you will be funding
is our collective to take our Southside Stories and share alongside
the beautiful ethos of the Nuku'alofa Film Festival, how we can
serve, lead and rise.
Your donations are greatly appreciated to help us get there!