Across Australia young people are participating in an endeavour that strives to give them a voice in today’s society. Through the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program, these junior youth groups are enhancing their power of expression, sharpening their spiritual perception, analysing the constructive and destructive forces of society and changing their surroundings through the service projects.
Another World is a poignant and thoughtful short film about how children are coming of age at a time when humanity is also struggling to come to maturity.
The film is based on a poem by Esther Maloney and between June and December 2020, she, along with a small team of creators from Winnipeg, Toronto and New York, regularly met and brought the poem to cinematic life.
The film’s team includes Esther, as its creator and narrator; Josefina Hernandez, illustrator and animator; Laura Friedmann, director of photography; Kyle Schmalenberg, camera operator; Jordan Bighorn, editor; Cameron Britton, score and sound designer; Liam Moore, colour corrector; and Yeshua Clavijo Villada, Sonya Francis, Maya Francis, Ilan Mostmand, Kalila Mostmand, and Blair Schmalenberg as its actors with additional voices from Shayan and Junayna Rushdy.
In her innermost heart, Sonjel is a stay-at-home parent and a bookworm with a maxed out library card but professionally she is a museologist with a background in English Literature. She currently lives on Prince Edward Island, an isle in the shape of a smile on the eastern Canadian coast. Sonjel is a writer who loves to listen to jazz when she's driving at night.