Australian and Mexican WORKERS OF
indigenous media meet in Perth at cinevivo_

Perth Independent Latino Film Festival

Ambulante Beyond (Ambulante Más Allá or AMA) is a training and production project in Mexico called Documental Ambulante, the most important documentary film non-profit in Latin America. Their Director María Inés is a guest of the festival this year.
In this very exciting program for the festival Ambulante Beyond, Pilbara and Kimberley Aboriginal Media (PAKAM) from Broome, Yarnin Pictures from Victoria, Indigenous Community Television (ICTV) based out of Alice Springs NT will join with Cine Vivo – Perth Independent Latino Film Festival to form a working group to create a unique cultural exchange and film program. This exchange includes screening indigenous documentary from Mexico in the Kimberleys communities with PAKAM. We envisage this program will become the back bone of an ongoing cultural exchange, documentary film project and training program between Latin America and Australia. This meeting will be invigorated by the special presence of Russell Porter, who has been the documentary and academic ambassador between Australia and Latin America for many years, be prepared to be swept into the fervour.
Our working group will discuss individual experiences and methodologies of filmmaking in remote and regional indigenous communities as a way to develop a platform for the exchange of training and also films produced by indigenous peoples to share with Latin America and vice versa.
On a practical level these collective sessions will enable us to analyse the cumulative experience of Mexican and Australian participants to unpack the main components: project management, financing and, especially, pedagogy and logistics.
Through this network of community audiovisual projects, we want to make sure that the work we do acts to engender and strengthen a sense of community and connection between peoples and their lands, and with an ethos that is respectful of the human rights of both collectives and individuals.
From these workshops will be two public events which will open up for discussion all of the ideas and theories from the closed workshops and will be a chance for everyone to contribute to this important subject.

The festival is also hosting a Master Class and a public Panel Discussion formed by all groups represented and moderated by Rebecca Mclean from Yarnin.

Our joint Master Class will be run by our esteemed guests the award winning documentary filmmaker and Director of Ambulante Beyond, María Inés Roqué and award winning filmmaker and educator Russell Porter who has international recognition as a film teacher in major films schools in Australia, USA, Cuba, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Spain and Portugal.


Russell Porter is an Australian documentary filmmaker, writer and teacher with over thirty years of experience. He has won several Australian and International awards for his films, any dealing with cross-cultural and social issues, and the relationship between science and society. He recently retired from the posit ion of Tenured Faculty member, Documentary Program, Columbia College Chicago. He is Co-Head of the Documentary Department at the EICTV (International Film and Television School) in San Antonio de los Banos, Cuba.
He has extensive international experience and recognition as a film teacher at film school s in the USA, Australia, Latin American and Europe. He is currently writing a book on documentary ideas and another on the Amazon and is developing several film projects.



María Inés is documentary director of Dad Ivan, Cavallo Behind Bars, One more day, Villarias Coffe, and Zapatista Women. She is par t of the Mexican documentary scene and film product ion since 1989. She has been associate producer, and script advisor for features from Spain, Australia, Costa Rica, Chile, and Holland. She starts teaching in 1990 to rural communication project s for the United Nat ions (FAO), and since 2011 she is the Academic Coordinator of Ambulante Beyond.



Rita Cattoni has been working for ICTV since February 2008. Prior to working for ICTV, Rita had signficant involvement in ICTV through her role as Manager and General Manager of PAW Media & Communications formerly
Warlpir i Media Association) in Yuendumu, from 2001 to 2008. Rita has also been secretar y of ICT V since it s inaugural AGM in Balgo in October, 2006.

Neil Turner_  


Neil has been the manager of Pilbara and Kimberley Aboriginal Media since 1996. Before that he worked on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Lands for 11 years as Coordinator of Ernabella Video Television and Pitjantjatjara-Yankunytjatjara Media.
He was author of the 1998 National Report on the Broadcasting for Remote Aboriginal Communities Scheme and worked on establishing the Indigenous Community
Television and National Indigenous Television services. He will join the workshop in Broom.

Rebecca McLean_  

Yarnin Pictures

Rebecca has worked in the Film, Television and Radio Industry for over 25 years directing and producing short films, documentaries and magazine television.
The skill s gathered over the years she has enjoyed sharing with people with less access to resources in regional and remote Australia, enabling them to share their stories with the world.
In 2006 Rebecca moved to Central Australia and worked for several Aboriginal Media Organisations such as PY Media (Pitjantjatjara-Yankunytjatjara Media), CAAMA (Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association) and
PAW Media (Pintubi, Anmatjere, Warlpiri).
In 2012 with Bobby Nicholls she Produced Yarnin a regional Aboriginal Community media training program and web series in conjunct ion with Open Channel. She is
currently producing documentaries out of Darwin in the Nor thern Territory.

Public events

Master Class_ Thursday August 11th at 5 PM 
Public Panel discussion_ Friday August 12th at 5 PM


Master Class_ Thursday August 11th at 5 PM 
Public Panel discussion_ Friday August 12th at 5 PM