'A Community Under Fire' wins award at Berlin Festival, is a quarter finalist at the Prague International Film Festival

RESILIENCE: Devastation at Mongarlowe in January 2020. Photo: Matt Thane
RESILIENCE: Devastation at Mongarlowe in January 2020. Photo: Matt Thane

The documentary displaying the strength and resilience shown by Braidwood and surrounds during the devastating 2019-20 bushfires has won accolades at international film festivals.

'A Community Under Fire' is a quarter-finalist at the Prague International Film Festival and has received an Around International Film Festival Award at the Berlin Film Festival.

The 20-minute documentary tells the story of a community radio station in a small town in regional Australia leading the community's fight against encircling bushfires in 2019-20. The film uses the locals' stories to show a community fighting together to recover from this devastating event.

Filmmaker Matthew Thane, who is also an RFS fighter, captured the footage during the 2019-20 bushfires.

"It is a film made by the community for the community. Many people shared their personal footage with us which we have added to the documentary," Mr Thane said.

"I am glad that the story is seen all over the world. We received funding from the government for it and am happy that we were able to show the resilience of the communities under fire."

He is currently working on a longer version of the documentary titled 'A Community Under Fire - A Local Cut'.

Admin manager Don Jones feels that the team is amazed by the support they have received from the community.

"People have approached us and shared their experiences during the bushfires. We are happy that we have been able to make this documentary and were able to share the story of the extraordinary people fighting the fires and then rebuilding their lives. That story resonates around the world," he said.

The funds raised will be donated to local charities in Braidwood including Braidwood Life Fund and the community radio station.

The movie is set for release in the coming weeks and the trailer can be seen here.