Melanie Hogan – The Filmmaker
It is fair to say that in my homeland, Indigenous and Non-Indigenous people still seem to be confused about each other and are finding it difficult to journey together. Knowing this, Uncle Bob and I wanted to create a film that may help to bring Indigenous and Non-Indigenous people closer together not just in Australia but all over the world. I feel strongly today, that many of the values held by Indigenous Australians could be of enormous benefit for society at large, particularly their care and respect for Mother Earth and all forms of life.
I hope people enjoy KANYINI. Hearing Uncle Bob tell his people's heart-breaking story with such honesty and love, gentleness and strength continues to amaze me, despite the fact I have seen this film over a hundred times. Uncle Bob always says the hardest thing to change in the world is ‘negative attitude'. If KANYINI can help create some positive attitudes then we're on our way to healing some of the mistakes of the past. And that excites me. Finally I just want to say thank you to Uncle Bob for trusting me with his story. His message continues to inspire.