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Fruitful Films Pty Ltd

Fruitful Films is a video and TV production company in Melbourne, Australia. Its principal, Marsha Emerman, makes powerful documentaries that enrich, inspire, and open new windows on the world.

Our award-winning independent films, made for international audiences, embrace arts and culture, social justice and peace, personal stories and positive visions of the future.  They are shown in cinemas, on television and at international festivals, and are also highly valued for educational and teaching purposes.

Fruitful Films provides film-making, research, writing, script development and consultancy services.  We also make films commissioned by international aid, human rights, community and educational groups.

Marsha Emerman

Producer / Director / Writer

Marsha is a documentary producer, director, writer and researcher with over twenty-five years experience. Her film Children of the Crocodile, a personal history of East Timor, aired on SBS TV and screened in festivals worldwide.  It won Best Documentary at Toronto’s Inside Out Film Festival, the Award of Excellence at Through Her Eyes Film Festival, and was featured in  a major exhibition at the Australian National Maritime Museum. Other directing and producing credits include Lihok Pilipina on women in the Philippines and Intersections on new migrants to Australia.

In the USA, Marsha gained a Masters Degree in Cinema from San Francisco State University and worked on such classic films as Dark Circle, The Day After Trinity and The Fall of the I-Hotel. Since migrating to Australia in 1989, she has taught documentary filmmaking at the VCA School of Film & TV and other universities.  Her 'Women and Documentary Film' class and expert knowledge of women's contribution to documentary led to visiting lectureships at the University of Oregon and Portland State University.

On the Banks of the Tigris, Marsha's new feature documentary, is currently screening around the world.  Winner Best Documentary at the Baghdad International Film Festival and Audience Choice award at the Arab Film Festival, it reflects her continued interest in cultural identity, migration, and telling stories that challenge misconceptions.

Majid Shokor

Writer / Researcher

Majid Shokor is a multi-talented writer, researcher, and actor for stage and screen. Born and raised in Baghdad, Majid arrived in Australia in 2001 where he has appeared in many plays, TV series, short and feature films such as Lucky Miles.  His performances are critically acclaimed and he has twice been nomiated for Green Room Awards as Best Actor in Independent Theatre. He was also honoured with a Phoenix Award in 2015 for his contribution to Iraqi culture.

Majid holds a Masters Degree in Community Cultural Development from the University of Melbourne and is a Community Cultural Ambassador for Multicultural Arts Victoria.