Breaking News by New Change, South Sudanese women living in Melbourne’s west


On November 17, the Girls on Film Festival presented Breaking News, a short film produced by a young African women’s group, New Change.

On November 17,  the Girls on Film Festival presented Breaking News, a short film produced by a young African women’s group, New Change.

New Change is an initiative of young South Sudanese women living in Melbourne’s western suburbs, who aim to empower, motivate and educate young women to achieve self-confidence and embrace their individuality.

Breaking News addresses the media misrepresentation of the South Sudanese community, and is an expression of the participants’ connection to the wider community.


Building Public Awareness

This year, the purpose of the New Change is to build public awareness of the stories of the South Sudanese community in Melbourne, a community that has been portrayed negatively in recent media, leaving many struggling with their cultural identity, feeling misunderstood and judged.

As a response, the young women of New Change developed their advocacy by creating art for social change through the creation of Breaking News, a spoken word poetry music video that is a powerful expression of community and cultural identity.

The short film is a very successful example of engagement with South Sudanese young women, giving a voice to the voiceless and of using Arts for Social Change.

Launch at VISY Cares Hub

The launch held at the VISY Cares Hub in Sunshine was attended by over 50 young people, and had the following guest speakers:

  • Cr John Hedditch, Mayor, Brimbank City Council
  • Marsha Thompson MP - State Member for Footscray representing Robin Scott Member for Footscray attending on the behalf of Robin Scott – Minister for Multicultural Affairs
  • Helen Kapalos, Chairperson, Victorian Multicultural Commission

The launch was also attended by representatives of the South Sudanese community, Victoria Police and Councillor Kim Thien Truong.

The short film and launch event was a partnership between Brimbank City Council’s Brimbank Youth Services, Girls on Film Festival and Victorian Multicultural Commission.