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Go Green Student Film Festival: “Water is Life”


Let us bless the humility of water,
Always willing to take the shape
Of whatever otherness holds it.
The buoyancy of water,
Stronger than the deadening,
Downward drag of gravity.
The innocence of water,
Flowing forth, without thought
Of what awaits it.
The refreshment of water,
Dissolving the crystals of thirst.
Excerpt from John O’Donohue’s In Praise of Water


At this year’s third annual Rahamim Ecology Centre student film festival, school students engaged with the theme ‘Water is Life’ resulting in the creation of 15 creative short films which express exciting ideas about our engagement with water.


The films reflected the student’s unique contexts and included public service announcements on water conservation, documentaries of water use on local farms, the history of water in ancient myth, and imaginative stories including a water prophet during times of drought.


The winners from each age category included:


Upper Primary Category – 9-12 Years

Best Short Film: Nicholas de Bruyen. “Water: A history of the World”. Kinross Wolaroi School.



Best Short Film – Runner up: Kelvin Tang. “Water Prophet”. Kinross Wolaroi School.



Short Film Honourable Mention: Zachy Levi. “Water”. Kinross Wolaroi School.



Junior Secondary Category – 13-15 Years

Best Short Film: Mondira Paul. “Water is Life”.  MacKillop College, Bathurst.



Senior Secondary Category – 16-18 Years

Best Short Film: Keely Millar. “Water is Life”. Lithgow Academy.



Since the time of Catherine McAuley, water access and quality has been a primary concern for Mercy ministries around the world, especially at Rahamim. This year, the event was the result of a collaboration between educators from Rahamim, Bathurst Regional Council, Red Hill Environmental Education Centre in Mudgee, and the Office of Environment and Heritage, Dubbo. Workshops held during the interval included water saving in the veggie garden, how to build a home rain-water garden and Rahamim’s water story.


Film makers and their families enjoyed house-made wood-fired pizza, popcorn and entertainment by children’s environmental singer-songwriter, Doctasaurus.


Student film makers should stay tuned for next years’ theme for the Go Green Student Film Festival at Rahamim! The 2018 Go Green Student film festival theme will be “Soil is Life”. Submissions will be due on 5 October 2018 and the official screening will be on 3 November 2018.



Messages to: Sally Neaves, Rahamim Ecology Centre