Documentary of BMF’s ‘passion project’ As You Dreamt It airs on ABC tonight

A documentary capturing a project which saw creative people partner with political refugees to turn their reoccurring dreams into works of art is set to air on the ABC tonight.

The project, As You Dreamt It, by creative agency BMF was launched in 2012 as a passion project and aims to create a sense of community amongst refugees.

View the show here.

As You Dreamt it Woodville saw the agency partner up refugees from all over the world, including Iran, Iraq, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Afghanistan, Vietnam and Somalia, with photographers, painters, animators and illustrators who helped them turn their reoccurring dreams into pieces of art that were exhibition on the walls of Woodville Housing.

BMF’s Dave Hartman said: “There is such power in dreams, which we wanted to harness to bring people together. Each piece of art created as part of the As You Dreamt It Woodville project gave the residents newfound insight into their neighbours and helped to transform this housing estate into a housing community.”

The documentary of the project, to air on ABC 1 tonight at 10.05pm, was filmed by production house Jungle Boys.

 “It was a privilege to work on this fascinating documentary. Over the months it took to film, we were constantly struck by the generosity of the tenants in allowing us into their lives, and the thoughtfulness and creativity with which the photographers went about creating their images,” said Leigh Richards, Jungle Boys.

The project is also housed online where people are encouraged to take on the essence of the project and bring people together.

BMF managing partner Stephen McArdle said: “When we first launched As You Dreamt It in 2012 it was a passion project driven by the curious nature of creative folk that appealed mainly to those in and around the industry. This second incarnation was always more ambitious in scale and potential impact, which was reflected in the ABC wanting to commission the documentary. The result is powerful and  we couldn’t be prouder, but our dream outcome is that this is just the beginning, and As You Dreamt It will start to unite and inspire communities across Australia.

Community Housing Limited’s Steve Bevington said: “We believe in building communities, not only houses and this unique project presented a fantastic opportunity for the Woodville tenants, who are from diverse backgrounds, to get to know their neighbours and feel part of a broader community. The project was successful in connecting the tenants in that regard. And we are incredibly proud to be part of such a wonderful experiment.”


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