"People around Australia all want the same thing; They want a safe living, they don’t want wars and they particularly want a future for their children. " - Luke Van Der Muelen, President of CFMEU Vic Mining 1989-2016
‘OUR POWER’ is a Melbourne-made documentary about the Latrobe Valley community as they bear the brunt of the privatisation of Victoria’s electricity in the 1990s and deal with the devastating Hazelwood mine fire of 2014. It is an emotional and intense roller-coaster that exposes the tragic impacts of the 45-day fire, the fundamental issues facing the community today, and their transition to a ‘post-coal’ world.
Both in the literal sense and also in the social sense, ‘OUR POWER’ is a completely unique and critical documentary that needs to be told.
TOP POINTS YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- 5 Million+ Victorians rely on brown coal for their daily power and electrical needs. You can visit NEM watch here and see what the state is currently generating (normally brown coal provides 80-85% of the states' power).
- As a nation, if Australia is going to take a step away from coal, the first logical step would be phasing out the brown coal that is found in the Latrobe Valley. Considering Victoria is perceived as a progressive state, we should be making plans for a just transition NOW.
- The communities of the Latrobe Valley have been providing power to the state for 93+ years. They’ve proudly done it and there is a passionate history behind what they do. When we talk about a just transition for the states' electrical and economic needs, we believe this needs to start with the Latrobe Valley community.
- The Latrobe Valley, in a way, are disconnected from the decision makers in our capital cities. In the same way, people that live in our cities are disconnected from the people who go to work every day to provide power for the state. OUR POWER, as a film, is looking to unite people across the great state of Victoria.
- Victoria is the place to be and OUR POWER shows you all the reason why!
About the Director, Peter Yacono
Peter Yacono is a freelance Melbourne director, producer and editor with strong interests in social justice issues, including drug and alcohol abuse, gender equality and climate change.
Ever since a young age, Peter has always cared deeply and compassionately about social injustices. Acquiring a strong sense of justice and fairness, Peter quickly realised his ability to speak eloquently through film and particularly documentary.
An activist at heart, Peter believe his films are his strongest ammunition that will speak the truth about the realities of many social justice issues.
Born and raised in Balwyn, Melbourne, Peter has had seven years of study in the fields of Media & Communications and Information Systems & Management. The combination of both fields of study means he has intricate knowledge on production technologies, techniques, and audio production.
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