Short film a winner

Wyndham secondary students entered the film-making competition. (Supplied/David Mullins). 238273 238273_03

A short film about student’s experiences during the COVID pandemic last year has won a Wyndham competition.

The video, from Al-Taqwa College in Truganina, was recently announced as the winner of the Young Minds of Wyndham competition, which was open to local students.

The Al-Taqwa project was titled Surviving 2020: Stories of Self Discovery and Overcoming Adversity.

Pongky Nataatmaja, a video and multimedia specialist within Al-Taqwa’s Media Department, said he would like to thank the competition’s organiser Vijisha Venkatram.

“The video showed that during e-learning, the students are able to not only cope with their studies and life at home, but also thrive and grow in ways they didn’t expect,” Mr Nataatmaja said.

“This message is quite relevant to many of us who are going through the same situation here in Victoria and Australia as a whole. “

The film features several students who reflect on what they learned during lockdown and what challenges they faced.

“We are proud of how the students were able to be so expressive and genuine when talking about their individual stories and hope they will be able to look back at this experience and this win as a highlight of their Media memories from school,” Mr Nataatmaja said.

Year 7 student Maryam Zahraman, who was featured in that video, said: “I truly didn’t care that this was a competition, all I wanted to do was get my opinion and my honest experience out like everyone else.”

Other winning entries in the competition were created by Warringa Park School year 7 student Flynn, Vinay from Melbourne High School and Samantha from Wyndham Vale Primary School.