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Children of the Rainbow Serpent documentary

About the film

The inspiring documentary Children of the Rainbow Serpent follows four young Aboriginal people as they work with other international volunteers on a community sustainable development project in rural India.

The film shows how the four Aboriginal volunteers, Trent, Michael, Kelli and Lorrelle, took up the challenge of working within communities in the Tamil Nadu region in India. The storytelling format of the film has the potential to inspire similar community-based, youth-led volunteer sustainability projects in Aboriginal Australia.

This documentary is the result of a collaborative partnership of Australian Volunteers International (AVI), Volunteering SA & NT, Volunteering SA & NT's Aboriginal Reference Group and Restless Development (formerly known as SPW) India.


Watch the trailer

Children of the Rainbow Serpent Trailer from Hollie Fifer on Vimeo.


"In watching 'Children of the Rainbow Serpent' I'm reminded of the philosophical riddle "If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?" Every day in every part of the world there are ordinary people achieving extraordinary things without any motivation of being watched and rewarded. I feel privileged in having watched this film. I feel moved in having felt this film. Trees that fall to silent witness absolutely do make a sound. And I'm thankful that so many people can share in the extraordinary achievements of this worldwide volunteer organisation, this group of selfless volunteers and this beautiful little village in India."

- Andy Mullins, Film Producer


The Aboriginal Documentary Project and AVI/SPW India Aboriginal Scholarship placements have been generously supported by the Australian Communities Foundation - Social Justice Fund, the Robert Christie Foundation, Li'tya and private donors.



Bruce Hammond, Chair, Volunteering SA&NT’s Aboriginal Reference Group


Emma Koshi, Founding Director, Restless Development India

Uncle Bob Randall, Aboriginal Elder Yankunytjatjara Elder and Traditional Owner of Uluru (Ayers Rock)


This work would not be possible without the generous contributions of our donors and supporters, Australian Communities Foundation-Social Justice Fund, the Robert Christie Foundation, Lit’ya and private donors.