Journey: [JOURNEY] From Chile to Australia

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This is a journey about not only finding strength, but learning how to pass it on.

Watch the videos below to take Guido’s journey. From documenting the resilience of his own family in his new short films, to his first film workshops back at his own school, this is a journey about not only finding strength, but learning how to pass it on. Click here to explore the journey in its full glory.

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Join Marco for a song and a story about upheaval, struggle and an unwavering passion for music that has kept his family and culture strong.

A simple backyard party with family and friends quickly becomes a heart-warming site of cultural resilience.

Join Marco for a song and a story about upheaval, struggle and an unwavering passion for music that has kept his family and culture strong.

Director, Producer, Editor & Director of Photography: Guido Gonzalez
Sound: Saif Jari

The Stories Project
Creative Director: Shakthidharan
Producer: Eleanor Winkler
Mentors: Elias Nohra & Platon Theodoris

The Stories Project is presented by CuriousWorks.

[Meet] Guido Gonzalez, Director of Marco
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“Villawood Mums was only the beginning, the other story I want to tell is my family struggle to get to Australia and how tuff life was for my parents.”

Guido Gonzalez

Name:  Guido Fernando Gonzalez
Age: 29
Work: Filmmaker (and sometimes barista)
Place: Cabramatta (named after “Cabra,” a fresh water grub, and “Matta,” a point of jutting out land)
Languages spoken:  Castano Spanish, English

I like: My lil brother’s youtube page,  Sharman de los Rooks , this where all his beats and tracks are at. Check out his music and talent. 

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What story do you want to be told/have you told?  
Villawood Mums was only the beginning, the other story I want to tell is my family struggle to get to Australia and how tough life was for my mother and father, especially my mother who raise the 4 of us by herself, such tuff times tested my family and we became stronger and closer cause of it, and growing up in Cabramatta wasn’t easy.

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Why do you work with CuriousWorks?
As far back as I can remember I have always wanted to make films and always knew that someday I will, I just needed someone to push me to do it, and CuriousWorks has. I like working with the guys cause they are true to the word and not only did they guide me in being a better film aker, I have seen them help others do the same. They’re not fake like other’s I seen come into my community and want to tell our stories their way. CuriousWorks go into a community and train you to tell the story your way the way you see the world – not like some outsider.   

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Describe an average day for you in 10 words?   
Turn on the computer, answer emails, do some filming and editing. 

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What does your world need now? 
Funding 

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Do you have a golden rule or philosophy? 
Never let anyone tell you, “you can’t do it” and never let anyone belittle you.

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What was your grandmother/grandfather doing when he/she was your age? 
My grandfather on my father side was a well-respected Police Officer. My grandfather on my mother side was in the special force as a bodyguard to the president of Chile. 

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Watch Marco and take Guido’s journey here.

More about Cabramatta
Cabramatta is the most populated suburb in the Fairfield LGA, and 1 in 2 Cabramatta residents were born overseas. Aboriginal people have lived in the area for more than 30,000 years compared to European settlement that began in the early 1800s. It is claimed that the name Cabramatta comes from the words “Cabra,” a fresh water grub, and “Matta,” a point of jutting out land. 

Significant weather fact:  On 1st December 2000, hail stones 3 centimetres in diameter fell for 20 minutes causing widespread damage.

Local Hot Spot: Grab a sugar cane drink from Freedom Plaza!

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Guido Gonzalez returns to his old high school to deliver filmmaking workshops. Listen to his experience of the first day on the job.

Stories Project participant and now Matta Media producer, Guido Gonzalez, returns to his old high school to deliver filmmaking workshops.
Listen to his experience of the first day on the job.

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“For Australia to become like this – to have Villawood transformed into that is painful.” – Maria

“For Australia to become like this – to have Villawood transformed into that is painful.” – Maria

A well-known end point and starting point for those who leave their country seeking asylum in Australia is Villawood Detention Centre – formerly known as Villawood Hostel. Two women who were faced with the choice to flee share their story with their sons.

There are a few things that separate the arrival of Maria and Zahoor at Villawood: ten years, a few policy reforms and two very large fences.

Villawood Mums
Release: October 2010
Location: Villawood Detention Centre, Western Sydney
Producers: Guido Gonzalez and Saif Jari
Directors: Guido Gonzalez and Saif Jari
1st Assistant Director: Alan Lao
Directors Photography: Guido Gonzalez and Saif Jari
Editor: Anna Lam
Sound (Shoot): Shane MacDonald
Sound (Post) and Music: Saif Jari
Production Assistant: Lazare Nyembo

The Stories Project
Creative Director: Shakthidharan
Producer: Eleanor Winkler
Mentors: Elias Nohra & Platon Theodoris

The Stories Project is presented by CuriousWorks.

Learn more about The Stories Project at thestoriesproject.com.au