Talking FactSheet Project
IN A NUTSHELL
The Talking Fact Sheet project is transforming our written legal information Fact Sheets into ‘Talking Fact Sheets’, very short films produced by Aboriginal people, for Aboriginal people, in the style of edutainment/infomercials (30 seconds – 2 minutes long), and in a language, style and genre that best reflects the aspirations and cultural outlook of local environments.
THERE IS A BACKGROUND
To assist our field officers explain legal rights messages, and to increase access to legal rights information that is culturally appropriate, ALS produces Fact Sheets.
ALS Fact Sheets are produced when Aboriginal people and/or ALS staff members identify an unmet legal need in their communities. Our Fact Sheets go through a rigorous consultative process with lawyers, Aboriginal managers and targeted community members to ensure cultural and legal relevance and comprehension before publication. They are published in user-friendly simple English on our website and Facebook site, and are printed locally for staff to distribute and for use in our Community Legal Education program.
ALS Field Officers and peers in other organisations use the Fact Sheets as a tool enabling discussion of sometimes complex legal problems.
To date, ALS has produced a number of Fact Sheets which are posted on our website, while others are in production.
WE HAVE A COUPLE OF AIMS
The Talking Fact Sheet project aims to inspire young Aboriginal people to develop skills in new media technologies and to use the web to source and upload legal rights information that speak to their own lives.
At the same time, the project aims to increase accessibility to legal and human rights information for Aboriginal men, women and children in Aboriginal communities and households across NSW.
The Talking Fact Sheet project also addresses our aim of developing and implementing sustainable, prevention-based initiatives through the production of accessible, educative, informative and entertaining films that reach a broad range of Aboriginal people and meet their early legal information needs.
HOW WE'RE DOING IT
It is very much a collaboration between local Aboriginal community groups and key facilitators (field officers), with the intention of creating a dynamic bridge between legal rights information, a person’s legal rights and responsibilities, local communities, and Aboriginal people and communities.
The Talking Fact Sheet project is training key Aboriginal ALS field officers in basic video production, using local resources available (eg. Handycams, mobile phones with video cameras, cameras) who are in turn training other Aboriginal staff members and targeted members of the community in the same set of skills.
Working with Aboriginal community groups and ALS field officers as facilitators, the project encourages sensible and accurate discussion about legal rights issues in a community setting.
The films produced reflect real-life legal scenarios that Aboriginal people face in their local communities.
IDEALLY WE HOPE
By producing moving images, the Talking Fact Sheet project is tapping into the power of visual storytelling, the huge potential created by making filmmaking accessible to all, and the advent of social networking tools.
The Talking Fact Sheet project promotes ‘accelerated crowd learning’ and provides a platform for social change.
The Talking Fact Sheet project is gratefully funded by the Law and Justice Foundation of NSW.