WHEN the credits roll on Mark Koolmatrie’s culturally confronting film and report Ngopun Ruwe – Wolakota, A Journey Back to Go Forward – there will be two notable omissions who both performed equally prolific, behind-the-scenes roles.
The first is the undisputed Jobs Queen of Australia Sarina Russo and the second is Sarina Russo Entrepreneurs Business Solutions Coach Peter Ollerenshaw – the man most responsible for guiding Mark to a monumental rise to prominence.
A deeply proud Kukabrak Elder – Mark’s goal of bringing his cultural dreams to life became a reality when he completed the Federal Government’s innovative, Explore Be My Own Boss (EBMOB), course via Sarina Russo Entrepreneurs.
Without further ado he promptly signed to commence the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) when the next intake commences, again under the mentoring of Peter.
“Sarina Russo’s input has been absolutely invaluable – Sarina is an amazing woman and she and her staff have the drive and determination to help the Indigenous community so much,” Mark said.
“Sarina can take Indigenous welfare to the next level and without the support, guidance and mentoring of Peter and her staff, none of this would be possible.”
Mark’s film and report retraces such tragedies as the 1890 massacre of many of the Lakota Tribe at Wounded Knee in South Dakota and it is the result of an emotional visit he and his fellow Elders made to the sacred site in July this year where they researched first-hand the best ways to mend the cultural divide.
Along the journey back to go forward the much-respected Aboriginal elder has recruited five of his closest friends and family members to participate in the next EBMOB intake in January but not before he adds another extraordinary milestone to his career when he launches his debut film and report on Friday
What: Film and report premiere, Ngopun Ruwe – Wolakota, A Journey Back to Go Forward
Where: PKF Kennedy, Level 9, 81 Flinders St, Adelaide
When: Friday October 11 from 4pm-5pm