Paulina (Jedda) Puruntatameri
Jedda, is a Tiwi Islands lady from the Pirlangimpi (Garden Point) Community, on Melville Island, within the Tiwi Islands Regional Council.
Jedda, has been an outstanding advocate for her community, her people and has contributed to the Remote Indigenous media industry of Australia for many years, participating and contributing to remote Indigenous media in both radio and film. This also included some important historical work for the Munupi Arts Centre, with their digital archiving project for the Centre’s art collection.
In her many years within Indigenous media, she has been a TEABBA Board member and is currently the TEABBA Chairperson. Her work has ensured our RIMO continues to develop, Jedda has also given her time to other Indigenous Boards and Organisations.
Jedda has directed two short documentaries “One Tree One Man” in Yarning Up 1 and “The Bombing of Darwin” in Yarning Up 3. This series was a compilation of support from Screen Territory, Screen Australia, ABC TV, and NITV. These short stories have been screened in several Film Festivals worldwide. Film Directing has certainly showed her talent and skills in this field.
Jedda was also the recipient of the Preston Award at the 2012 National Remote Indigenous Media Festival. Jedda was also the recipient of the Mr Garawirritja Memorial Award for Contribution to Media, Entertainment and the Arts in 2016 at the National Remote Media Festival in Yirrkala.
Overall Jedda has a vibrant, welcoming personality and is very popular throughout the industry. .Jedda is very strong on being involved and pushing for training for the people of her community, and assists wherever she can for their career pathways.. , Jedda, has a strong media vision, of what TEABBA was and what TEABBA should be today.