By Molly Stapleton

REAL Program alumni had the opportunity to share their stories as part of the Digital Storytelling project last week at the Australian Centre of the Moving Image (ACMI).

The project explores how digital technologies can provide a platform for Aboriginal youth to improve their cultural knowledge and explore their identity in a creative, supportive and non-threatening environment.

The group of five alumni experimented with computers, cameras, scanners and photos to create their own auto-biographical short films.

As a keen media student and aspiring graphic designer, 16-year-old Liam Dunstan was eager to take part in the workshop.

“Digital Storytelling is a good tool for people to express themselves,” said Dunstan.

“Our stories are about where we are from and what we like to do, whether it’s drawing or listening to music, you can include anything you want.

“Even shy people can share their stories and have a chance to express themselves to the world.”

Dunstan has continued to engage in programs with the KGI since participating in his first REAL Program in 2012.

“Since the REAL Program I’ve been involved in lots of different things, it’s been a real confidence booster.”

Participants will continue to play an important role in the development of a smart phone app over the next 12 months to help young Indigenous people share their stories.

The KGI is excited to unveil the final digital stories on their website over the coming weeks and would like to thank ACMI, Kimba Thompson of Sister Girl Productions and The University of Melbourne for the opportunity to participate in the project.

The REAL Program is supported by the Victorian Electoral Commission.