Backtrack Boys is a feature length documentary directed by Catherine Scott which tells an honest and inspiring story of the challenges young people face as they try to find their place in the world.
Manning Valley Neighbourhood Services is screening the BackTrack Boys on Wednesday, May 8 at Fay's Twin Cinema as a special fundraiser for the social enterprise cafe Bushland Tukka and associated programs at the Bushland Community Hub.
BackTrack Boys a raw and realistic view of life for many young people and how one service is making some difference. It features the rough talking, free-wheeling jackaroo, Bernie Shakeshaft, and the youth program he runs from a shed on the outskirts of Armidale, NSW.
When everyone else gives up on troubled kids like Zac, Tyrson and Rusty, they head to Back Track. It's a place where they can feel safe, continue their education, but most importantly it's where they learn to support each other and pursue their dreams.
Filmed over two years, this inspiring story reveals the challenges these young people face as they try to find their place in the world - all with the help of Bernie and his trusted dogs in tow.
It's been over a decade since Bernie started working with these kids and the juvenile crime rate has more than halved, the rural community of Armidale is now behind BackTrack and they're stepping in to lend a hand. This documentary presents a real model for other rural towns grappling with the same generational social crisis throughout Australia and the world.
"We are looking forward to bringing this film to Taree to raise awareness about youth at risk, youth worker from Manning Valley Neighbourhood Services Fiona Lee said. "We also hope to inspire our community to develop real alternatives that will help keep young people out of jail."
Purchase tickets before 10am on April 26 to ensure this movie goes ahead, visit www.fan-force.com
If the tipping point is reached, BackTrack Boys will screen at 6pm sharp on May 8; if it doesn't happen those funds will be refunded.
If you have any enquires phone Manning Valley Neighbourhood Services on 6553 5121.