Aotearoa's first deaf MP Mojo Mathers has long fought
for her voice to be heard. Now with one final bill in parliament,
can she ensure all people with disabilities in New Zealand will be
In 2018 Aotearoa, people like Mojo are still excluded from the
very system meant to represent them.The Election Access Fund Bill,
currently before New Zealand Parliament, could open the doors and
make democracy more accessible for the one in four kiwis who
experience disability. Mojo has one last chance in her fight for
equal representation to change the shape of democracy in New
Zealand forever. If unsuccessful, her long-fought campaign for
equal access will be in vain and her communities' voice will remain
Why is the Bill so important?
Our film explores participation of People with Disabilities
(PWD) in our democracy at a crucial point in time where this is on
the line in Parliament. This Fund would cover
disability-related costs for PWD standing for office, remove
physical barriers obstructing election participation, and provide
funding for services to make election education and local
government participation attainable. Right now we have the
opportunity to really put PWD rights on the public agenda, and we
hope you will join us.
About our Team and this Project
Like Mojo, our director Jason is a person with lived experience
of disability and we are committed to treating this topic with
sensitivity and respect. This film is looking at the critical issue
of what it means for one quarter of our population to be locked out
of politics. It will reflect on salient issues of representation,
diversity, and equality in the context of a current Bill before
Parliament. We want ALL New Zealanders to have the opportunity to
make a change and create real impact in our society. While we
explore Mojo's story, we're prompted to think about our own
representation and how this shapes our world. "Nothing About Us
How will your donations be used?
Making a film is an ambitious task and we really need all the
support we can get. We've set our first crowdfunding goal at
$2,000.00 but we hope to raise an additional $2,000 over this month
to aid us in travel to Wellington for parliamentary research,
community screenings and outreach, as well as our camera and
equipment rental. You'll be pleased to know that donations made to
this project are tax deductible, and once you have donated you'll
receive a receipt for your tax records!
It is extremely difficult to fund short documentaries in New
Zealand. Crowdfunding is a great way to get around this challenge
and to also include audiences in the filmmaking journey. Lucky for
us, our short has been selected to be made as part of the Loading
Docs initiative. Along with principal funder NZ On Air and with
support from the New Zealand Film Commission and Te Māngai Pāho,
they want to see the film get made just as much as we do. Loading
Docs will provide an additional $4,450 and cover post-production
costs, but only as long as we reach our funding goal, and we need
your help to do this!
Where will the film go?
With over a quarter of the New Zealand population being affected
by disability, we know that our film has the potential to reach a
wide audience, and create meaningful impact for
communities. Our film will be released online through the
Loading Docs website so it will be yours to share, watch, and
treasure for free as well as being shown at several public
community screenings. We believe film has the power to encourage
positive change, and by sharing Mojo's courageous journey, we might
inspire and activate support for her cause.
Would you like to join us?
We'd love you to be with us as we witness this milestone piece
of legislation go under the hammer. Not only could this directly
affect the lives of one quarter of our population, but if
successful, it will encourage equality and ultimately make our
beautiful nation a better and fairer place to live. Thank you for
taking the time to check out our project. Every little bit counts
and we greatly appreciate your support! You can also follow our
journey on social media [@ActivateFilm] or check out our website https://www.activate.film/
MEET SOME OF THE TEAM
2 MONTHS AGO
A big thanks from the team for all of your donations!!
We've hit our minimum goal!!!
2 MONTHS AGO
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR DONATIONS!! YOU ALL ROCK!
Thanks to you we have reached our minimum goal which means we can make this film - WOOOO!
We have 5 days to go, please keep sharing, we're so close!!!
--From the hear me out team!--
Hear Me Out _Robbie & Jason Update
2 MONTHS AGO