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Men’s group is the story of six very different men; Paul, Freddy, Cecil, Lucas, Moses and Alex . They meet once a week at Paul’s home to talk. When they begin they are complete strangers.
They soon discover that they have something in common, being male. As trust grows between them they gradually begin to share as they learn to listen to each other. They discover that they are not quite so alone in their fears as they had presumed.
It takes a tragedy for the men to finally understand that they must take responsibilities for their own lives and those of their loved ones.
Absent, directed by Justin Hunt, dives deep into the lives of those who have grown up not knowing their father. Father Richard Rohr, writes, “the father wound is so deep and so all-pervasive in so many parts of the world that its healing could well be the most radical social reform conceivable.” Not only here in the West, but across the globe, disengaged fathers are leaving a mark that will forever reshape the future of our planet. Throughout society, a person that is angry, violent, depressed, selfish, sexually immoral, hyper-driven, or one of several other personality types, can be linked to a father wound. Nothing is more important to a young man, or a young woman, than a father’s love, respect and acceptance. And nothing is more damaging than when the question ‘Am I good enough?’ is asked of the father by the child, and the answer is silence. Absent seeks to bring light and awareness for those who need that question answered.
Rites of Passage is a feature length drama made collaboratively with a group of young people who dive below the surface of their often tough exteriors to reveal what’s going on inside.
Made with a message of hope, Rites of Passage is a raw, uncensored and honest film inspired by the life experiences of the young people involved in the making of this powerful feature-length drama. Six interwoven stories show these teenagers negotiating the dangers and discoveries of their age and because the cast were also the crew what emerges is a self portrait of resilient kids responding to the challenges surrounding them.
They might live in public housing and come from families that have seen disadvantage and hardship. But with frankness and courage, these young people have dipped below the surface of their often tough exteriors to reveal what’s going on inside their lives.
The film is an innovative collage of colour and texture, shot in glorious mayhem on cameras ranging from 16mm, Super 8, Digital SLRs, Handycams, Infrared B&W and iPhones. It was produced by community arts organisation Beyond Empathy.