There are two main webinars coming up in September that are a must for anyone in the field of education, for students, storytellers, community workers, managers, and anyone leading culturally diverse teams.

These webinars are a part of the Interfaith Youth Forum project, a two year program taking a grassroots approach to racial and religious discrimination, proudly supported and funded by the Victorian Government.

Lead by Al Siraat College the webinars are designed to give people the resources, skills and awareness of the current social issues, and developing quality content to effect social change.

The webinars are hosted in partnership with Whittlesea Interfaith Network, City of Whittlesea, St Monicas College and Victoria Police.

The first ground breaking webinar on Transformational Ethical Storytelling is coming up on Wednesday 9 September delivered by Our Race.  The second, Social Media for Social Change on Thursday 24 September is hosted by Cinespace Inc and features several speakers on who are currently successfully developing content across various media platforms.

Director and co-founder for Our Race commented on the upcoming webinar stating:

“Our Race is an anti-racism storytelling organisation which delves deep into storytelling practices. We take a person and community centred collaborative model to ensure the voices most impacted by racial and social injustices are genuinely heard.

To achieve this we develop and deliver webinars and workshops to reach individuals, communities and organisations who believe in the importance of taking an ethical storytelling approach. The key objective of this work is to call out racist and other oppressive practices, while calling in anti-racist ones so that we can flip the power of storytelling. As a community-based membership organisation we are driven by purpose, not profit, and we invite others to join us in achieving the common purpose of racial and social justice.”

Daniel Schultheis, founder and director of non-profit organisation Cinespace Inc made the following comments:

“For young people digital screen, including film and television, and media, including social media, are very much a part of their daily lives.  This is true  whether at school, or socially, and perhaps even more so at the moment during the pandemic.

It is important that young people can become active creators, not just passive consumers of media, and also that they become media literate and can recognise how media is being used to shape narratives in society. We live in a time when the tools to create have never been more accessible.

At Cinespace we work with people from all cultural backgrounds living in Melbourne to develop skills in filmmaking, whether that be writing scripts or directing short films in a more traditional way, making podcasts, or using smartphones to make stories.

It is great to see some of the creative people we have worked with from within the Muslim community finding their voice, and sharing their stories on a myriad of platforms. The guests who will join us at this event on Thursday 24 of September are using media to connect with and discuss issues within the community and also to reach out to the broader Victorian community.

We hope this forum will inspire more young people to find their own unique voice. Cinespace will also be a judge in this year’s Muslim Film Festival, held online on Saturday 5 September, offering some fantastic films for a range of ages and interests.”

It is very exciting to be hosting these webinars in collaboration with experts in the field who possess both research based knowledge and a wealth of industry experience.

Further details and registration available via links below;

Transformational Ethical Storytelling Webinar:

Social Media for Social Change Webinar:

Speakers Include:

  • Mobinah Ahmad – editor of The Australian Muslim Times Newspaper, AMUST Goes Global platform
  • Kauthar Abdulalim –  filmmaker, director of award winning film Found, recipient of Screen Australia funding for comedy series, host of Kickback with Kauth on IGTV
  • Abdi Aden – author of Shining (Story of a Lucky Man), appeared in SBS Go Back to Where You Came From, social media filmmaker
  • Daniel Schultheis, Cinespace Inc. – filmmaker and founder of Cinespace Inc. a non profit organisation developing filmmakers from diverse cultures and faiths across Victoria, judge of 2020 Muslim Film Festival
  • Mohamed Osman – co-host of “The Imbalanced” podcast on iTunes/Spotify with 59 episodes. Author of “Words” collection of poetry pieces.

Please register here: