Ward One is a film that highlights a young Aboriginal man’s struggling with mental health. In the Aboriginal Community mental health issues are rarely talked about and often misunderstood.
The title, “Ward One”, makes a tongue-in-cheek reference to the Mental Health Ward at the Alice Springs Hospital. A constant joke within the community. Within Central Australian Aboriginal culture, a Ngangkari is a cultural doctor. They are highly revered in not only the Indigenous community but also in the Non-Indigenous community. Part of their healing practices deals with sicknesses that are unseen (mental health), focusing on the power of the mind to heal the body. This is something I strongly believe in and was the core idea that gave rise to the development of the story.
Director | Dylan River
Producer | Tanith Glynn-Maloney
Year | 2017
Country | Australia
Duration | 12 minutes
Language | English
Subtitle | English
This selection of Australian short films by Indigenous people tell us the story of strength and healing in the spirit of love and resilience. Duration: 91 minutes | Please allow additional time for formal welcome and Q&A if filmmakers are in attendance. This screening is sponsored by Macquarie Bank.