Peacekeeper, a short film about a homeless veteran, won top honours at the Project Homeless Awards night at Parramatta recently.
Melbourne filmmaker, Joshua Hoareau, took out both the Parramatta prize for Best Film and North Bondi RSL Prize for best film on Returning Veterans.
Independent filmmaker, Hoareau, outdid submissions from across the world to take home 1st prize with a provocative story about a peacekeeping mission gone wrong.
The story revolves around an Australian Peacekeeper (Paul O’Brien) who is stationed in Somalia for peacekeeping operations in 1993. During his time there, he is witness to the horrors of child trafficking in that country and he falls victim to the mental anguish and conflict of being powerless to interfere.
Jumping between his time in Africa and being homeless on the streets of Melbourne, this film’s character sheds light on some of the issues surrounding homelessness, child trafficking, and the lives of returning war veterans.
This is a case of art mirroring real life when, two weeks into filmmaking, news broke out about the abduction of 91 Nigerian school girls.
With the assistance of crowdfunding, Peacekeeper was made specifically for Project Homeless competition which promotes the role that film can play in raising awareness.
Project Homeless was purposely designed as a global event for local filmmakers to participate, contribute and raise awareness whilst creating opportunities for them to develop their craft. Their creative works then become a community resource for education, entertainment and inspiration.