Farmers come together

When the group of farmers arrived at Swinburne University of Technology’s Hawthorn campus late in 2016, they were quiet and withdrawn. All 12 had been touched by rural suicide and the university campus was a long way, physically and emotionally, from the world of commodity prices and dam levels. “By lunchtime, however, they had really opened up and everyone was talking to each other,” Valentina La Piana, Swinburne’s Manager of Screen and Media, says. “They realised that they weren’t alone, that other people had felt that desolation as well.” The three-day digital storytelling project aimed to forge connections between farmers, show the pervasiveness of suicide in the bush, and explore…
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