"I’m Melissa Moo. I have recently moved from Werribee to Bendigo. So far, I like how supportive and connected the community is.
I enjoy drawing during my free time but since I was in grade 11 and up till now, I felt too busy with studies and work to immense myself back into this hobby.
However, MAV’s Duniya Behter program has opened up opportunities for me to get to know people who share the same interest as me, and they helped me along the way to start and finish my project.
My project involves comic like drawings and some stop motion technique to create mini motion. While working on this project, I got to know so many people with different abilities and this makes me feel motivated to draw more often."
"My work is a reflection of my experience and how my family helped me push through my final year of studies despite setbacks from Covid-19. I've always liked comics and digital drawing art styles, hence I've decided to attempt these styles for my project. However, since I wanted to make it more engaging for the audience, I've decided to make the drawing into a mini motion video to explore my personal experience."
From 11 Aug 2021
Duniya Behter shifts the mainstream narrative about people with migrant and refugee backgrounds, from vulnerable to capable. Women and young people in Bendigo and Shepparton drew from their cultural roots, to build creative businesses and produce new digital creative works. The name, Duniya Behter, emerged from conversations with young Cultural Facilitators employed to work on this project and it speaks to the spirit and intention of MAV’s regional Victoria program. It is a reflection of some of the cultures in Bendigo and Shepparton where the project is based. Duniya means the world in Arabic, Hindi and it’s also found in the languages of Swahili, Hazaragi, Urdu and Persian, where it holds a similar meaning. Behter means better but working together to make better.