Show Me The Way: Orange students showcasing local heroes through film


Show Me The Way (SMTW) is a First Nations organisation supporting high school students to reach their potential, develop their skills and celebrate culture. The vision of the program is to inspire and engage young Aboriginal &Torres Strait Islander people, and those from refugee backgrounds, using the medium of film. Students attend custom designed film workshops and create short documentary films uncovering the stories of local heroes.

On 18 March 2024, Show Me The Way hit Orange, NSW to kick off a series of programs for local youth. Under the expert guidance of SMTW film workshop facilitators, students from Canobolas Rural Technology High School embarked on making films of First Nations local heroes from Orange.

Participating students are equipped with the skills they need to shoot, direct and produce a film. This approach allows practical experience in how to operate the cameras, formulate questions and conduct interviews. Students are mentored throughout the process and empowered in the development of new skills, building self-esteem and confidence.

The participating Canobolas Rural Technology High School students will showcase their films during NAIDOC Week for the Orange community. Show Me The Way - Orange 2024 stands as a testament to the transformative power of education, culture, and collaborative storytelling. The students leave an enduring legacy with each film, a moment in time that will never be again.

This program was made possible by funding from the Western NSW Primary Health Network (WNSW PHN), which is committed to improving the health outcomes of communities, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. WNSW PHN focuses on people who are at risk of poorer health outcomes and works to improve the coordination of their care and access to the right care at the right time.