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Short films to deliver health messages in remote Indigenous communities where soft drink is cheaper than water

Date posted: 20 March 2017

A Darwin-based record company is using its connections with Indigenous musicians to spread health messages in remote communities in the Northern Territory (NT).

Nigel Yunupingu stars in the film Sugar Man, which addresses excess sugar consumption in his community of Galiwin'ku on Elcho Island, off the coast of Arnhem Land.

Skinnyfish Music co-founder, Mark Grose, says the films will be launched by the record label across the NT.

'I've got to say that all of the guys we've worked with are just natural actors, they just do such a great job,' he said 'Because it's something that's important to them.'

The films have been devised and written by people from Western Arnhem Land to Croker Island, with help from the record label and filmmaker Paul Williams.

Mr Grose says every community has taken a different approach.

'So it's really Aboriginal people speaking to Aboriginal people about a modern issue,' he said 'So I guess in a way, people aren't being lectured to, they don't have an expert or a doctor coming in saying this is what you have to do. The overall message is get active, eat bush tucker and live longer.'

Comedy, music and traditional knowledge are used to tackle serious health issues, including excess consumption of soft drinks.

Source: NATSIHWA newsletter

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Last updated: 20 March 2017
 
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