1 October 2017
Short film raises awareness of disease

BAKALA the Film was well received at the Darwin International Film Festival in September.

The film starring Groote man, Steve (Bakala) Wurramura was screened as part of the Best of the Territory Shorts program showcasing four new short films made in the NT.

Several of Bakala’s Darwin-based family members attended the screening, as well as a large crowd of supporters who have been following his journey on social media.

Funded by the ALC, the MJD Foundation has been working with ZakPage on the short film project, which depicts the struggles of living with Machado-Joseph Disease (MJD) and Bakala’s journey to find a treatment. Bakala was diagnosed with MJD in his late teens.

He said the film is about the dream he had in which his ancestors told him where to find a cure.

“It’s hard to tell this story,” he said. “It’s not only me, but many of my family with this disease. Many of my family have finished up with this disease.”

The MJD Foundation is supporting Bakala’s search for a treatment by funding a research project in Sydney using Zebra Fish to test for potential treatments for MJD.

Bakala is talking to the researchers about integrating his bush medicine into their research and testing. Bakala and the MJD Foundation are calling for donations to help continue the research.  For more information go to www.bakalathefilm.com

PHOTO: Filming of the short film project, which depicts the struggles of living with MJD.