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graceShort Film Resources Exploring Alcohol and Other  Drug Use During COVID-19

Two films that were developed by DAMEC with support from the Australian Drug Foundation will be screened. The films were the outcome of 10 weekend workshops engaging our dedicated volunteers from culturally and linguistically diverse communities. We provided basic filmmaking skills as a capacity building effort of the volunteers, who are potential social influencer in fighting against problematic alcohol and other drug use. Our short films aim at raising awareness and improving communication about social issues, human condition, trauma and experiences that affect decision-making. The Healthy Filming Project was to be a good avenue to encourage social engagement with support services. The films were scripted and performed by the volunteers using mobile phone and Zoom during the strict lockdown. Date: 8/11/2021

DAMEC Healthy Film 1 - Grace’s Story - click here

DAMEC Healthy Film 2 - Counselling - click here

Mary's Story

African Family

Many communities are experiencing an increase in alcohol use during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The African Companions Local Drug Action Team has produced a short play to give communities ideas about healthier ways to manage alcohol use and stress at this time.

The story is about a single mother Mary who discovers whilst in lockdown that her son is using alcohol. The story explores parent-child conflict and different cultural understandings of mental health.

Writen by Yarrie Bangura and Daniel Akinshola.


Mary's Story (English)


Health Information (English)


Akɔ̈köl de Mary (Dinka)


Hadithi ya Mary (Swahili)


 (Arabic) قصة ماري


L’histoire de Marie (French)

 African Companions is supported by the Local Drug Action Team program, which is managed by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation with funding from the Australian Government.


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