“Unconditional”: New Locally Made Documentary Highlighting the Lives of Carers

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Carers ACT is proud to announce the release of “Unconditional”, a powerful and insightful documentary directed, produced, and written by Dalanglin Dkhar. This film delves deep into the lives of four carers, showcasing their love, sacrifice, and dedication over decades of caring for their loved ones. Supported by Carers ACT and Charles Sturt University, where Dalanglin is pursuing her PhD, “Unconditional” offers a rare glimpse into the emotional and physical challenges faced by carers.

Dalanglin Dkhar, herself a primary carer for her 13-year-old autistic non-speaking son, uses her personal experiences and academic research to shine a light on the often-invisible community of carers. Through her lens, viewers are invited to witness the journey of carers who navigate the complexities of their roles with unwavering commitment.

“This film is a call to action for our community to recognise, acknowledge, and support the 2.65 million carers across the nation who contribute tirelessly, yet often face isolation, distress, and financial hardship,” Carers ACT CEO Lisa Kelly said. “The film Unconditional not only brings awareness to the struggles of carers but also celebrates their profound impact on the lives of those they care for and the rewards of being an unpaid carer.”

With film production studio Newcast, Dalanglin has ensured a high-quality production that captures the essence of the carer’s experience. “Unconditional” highlights the strength and resilience of those who love unconditionally, advocating for a greater understanding and appreciation of carers within our communities.

“As an insider looking on, I felt I needed to share our story. I want the world to see carers the way I see and know them,” Dalanglin said.

Lisa Kelly added, “Unconditional is an invitation to see, hear, and acknowledge the carers among us, understanding their role in our society. Carers ACT invites the public to support and engage with this important film, fostering a community that recognises the invaluable contribution of carers.”

The four carers featured in the film are from Canberra.

“There is nothing that is not touched by this.” Megan – the mother of an adult with cystic fibrosis, a terminal genetic condition, and faces the reality that she might outlive her daughter.

“Family is very important. Whatever is needed, I’ll do it.” Razi – the carer for both of his elderly parents who has done for fifteen years and continues to do so.

“Caring is a full-time job. Part time is the rest of your life.” Craig – who cares for four people in his life, including his partner, and three children – all with complex needs.

“I took him to the local preschool down the road…The worker looked at him and said, ‘You can’t come here. You need to go to the disability one.’” Deborah – a First Nations mother, and the primary carer for her adult autistic son.

For more information on “Unconditional” and how you can support the film, please visit www.unconditionalfilm.com.au

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