The Front Line
Celebrating culture, community and collaboration, The Front Line is a powerful video that explores the journey of Indigenous students first-hand.
went in blind. I took a risk. I left country. I jumped in the deep end … I could have drowned but I chose to swim.” This is just one of the perspectives shared by Indigenous students in a new spoken word film called The Front Line.
premiered at the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre on 19 September, 2016. First-year Bachelor of Criminal Justice student Jackie Burke, from Collarenebri in northern NSW, said she was happy to be involved in the project. “The film is important to me because I want to send out a message that it is possible for anyone of any age and any colour to attend university. “I’m from out West, a regional country town with 400 people, and when I was at high school I had no idea that I could go to university. I thought I wasn’t smart enough, I thought I wasn’t rich enough and I thought I couldn’t go because I was black, so I hope this video gets out there and shows those kids that they can do it. “[At CSU] I found a place where I felt at home. With support, with strength, with courage, you can do anything you want. Now I’m a HD-getting, freestyleswimming, gold medal-winning, hard-hitting, deadly, black sister!” For Bachelor of Criminal Justice student Marley Blair from Tingha in NSW, the bottom line is that only 40 per cent of Indigenous people finish high school. “There’s only one way to make change for my people and that’s to do it myself. “I think that projects like The Front Line are important as it shows the Australian community that there are
“[At CSU] I found a place where I felt at home. With support, with strength, with courage, you can do anything you want."
A collaboration between the CSU FirstDegree program and Desert Pea Media, The Front Line was developed and produced by 13 CSU students who are the first in their family to attend university. Supported by local Wiradjuri Elders, the film