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Ayakwa : a publication of the Anindilyakwa Land Council



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Newsletter, October 2017

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BAKALA the Film was well received at the Darwin International Film Festival in September. The film starring Groote Eylandt man, Steve (Bakala) Wurramura was screened as part of the Best of the Territory Shorts program. Several of Bakalas family members attended the screening, as well as a large crowd of supporters who have been following his journey on social media. Funded by the ALC, the MJD Foundation has been working with ZakPage on the short film, which depicts the struggles of living with Machado-Joseph Disease (MJD) and Bakalas journey to find a treatment. Bakala was diagnosed with MJD in his late teens. He said the film is about the dream he had in which his ancestors told him where to find a cure. Its hard to tell this story, he said. Its not only me, but many of my family with this disease. Many of my family have finished up with this disease. Bakala is talking to the researchers about integrating his bush medicine into their research and testing. Bakala and the MJD Foundation are calling for donations to help continue the research. For more information go to www.bakalathefilm.com NINE Groote Eylandt students went to Darwin in September to learn leadership skills. The week-long camp at the Michael Long Learning Leadership Centre included school work and learning practical skills such as road safety, eye and dental health, first aid and healthy eating. Coordinator Joel Ikupu said the camp taught leadership skills that the boys could take back and share with their communities. This was a very special camp for Groote as it was the first time we had the three major communities all involved in the camp, Joel said. It flowed really well and the boys had a great time. It really helps tie in everything were doing with the seniors at football with mixing players from all the communities. IN CHARGE: Caelen Mamarika treats Koro Amagulas fake injury while learning first aid. New skills for boys Short film raises awareness of disease | October 2017 Page 2 AWARENESS: Filming of the short film project, which depicts the struggles of living with MJD.