Humanitarian documentary The Road to Transformation follows the journey of a hot potato food van as it travels the nation with an awareness campaign about refugees and asylum seekers. An initiative by the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, The Hot Potato project visited 10 towns over 10 days, busting 10 myths, serving up 10,000 potatoes and initiating countless conversations.
The project focuses on taking the debate away from politics and turning to the people to create conversation, challenge political propaganda, and reassess the way in which we handle and help those escaping conflict to our shores.
“These are people admittedly escaping the world’s problems; I felt I needed to do something personal and help in small way,” artist and ambassador Wally de Backer, also known as Gotye, explains in the film, as he volunteers chopping produce for the food van. “I want to keep meeting people whose stories are truly incredible in a terribly sad way and in an inspiring way, to just simply find how to live their lives in a decent way.”
The opening scenes see the van travelling along a dark and wet road. As the van driver Reg navigates his way, he discusses his opinions and beliefs towards asylum seekers that reflect the dreary weather before him.
Becoming somewhat of an accidental protagonist in the documentary, the film follows Reg’s unwitting discoveries into the cause of those seeking asylum to save their lives and lead a better one.
The campaign takes a humble approach in facilitating both sides being heard with honest opinions, facts, and raw accounts from those who have now found refuge.