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Message From Mungo
Lake Mungo is an ancient Pleistocene lake-bed in south-western New South Wales, and is one of the world's richest archaeological sites. MESSAGE FROM MUNGO focuses on the interface over the last 40 years between the scientists on one hand, and,…
Emily In Japan - The Making of An Exhibition
Emily Kame Kngwarreye was an Aboriginal woman from Utopia in central Australia who began to paint on canvas when she was about 78 years old. In the 8 years before her death in 1996, she produced a staggering output of…
Green Bush
Every night, Indigenous radio announcer and DJ, Kenny, hosts the Green Bush show for Aboriginal communities. Isolated at the station, he takes requests for music, while at the same time coping with the pressure of the community around him. Based…
The Hatoma Films - Four Documentaries about a Depopulated Japanese Island
Sacred Vandals (55 mins) - The setting is tiny Hatoma Island, population 47, in Okinawa Prefecture - part of Japan, yet not Japanese. This personal documentary invites the audience to share the experiences of the women through informal conversations and…
Waiting for Harry
Part of the Series: The AIATSIS Ethnographic Collection
"Probably the best film I've ever seen about Aboriginal ritual and ceremony, because it's not simply a record of the ritual itself, but it's actually about the politics that underlie the staging of the ritual". - David MacDougall. "Highly recommended…
Pyongyang Diaries
PYONGYANG DIARIES is director Solrun Hoaas' personal account of her encounter with the closed society of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. While the official line in North Korea fosters an almost religious cult of personality, with an emphasis on…
A Walbiri Fire Ceremony - Ngatjakula
Part of the Series: The AIATSIS Ethnographic Collection
Originally filmed as an archival record of a Warlpiri (Walbiri) ceremony in 1967 by Roger Sandall, the film footage was re-worked 10 years later by anthropologist Nicolas Peterson and filmmaker, Kim McKenzie, to make this short version for public viewing.…
Benny and The Dreamers
A small group of Pintupi living in west Central Australia today can remember their first meeting with a white man, their first impressions of the white man's world and their expectations of what the white world had to offer. BENNY…
Who We Are: Brave New Clan
Brave New Clan features six extraordinary young Australians who share what Indigenous culture means to them today in contemporary urban Australia. From the bustling streets of Sydney to the aquamarine vistas of the Torres Strait, their stories span a diverse…
A Transfer Of Power
Part of the Series: The AIATSIS Ethnographic Collection
This observational documentary follows an episode in the routine life on Collum Collum cattle-station in northern New South Wales. But, as the filmmaker notes, it's a story that could have occurred anywhere. The film follows the attempts by Sunny Bancroft…
Satellite Dreaming
A film of considerable historic importance, this documentary narrates the emergence of Indigenous broadcast media in Australia, and discusses its role in maintaining Indigenous languages and culture. In the early 1980s, the Federal Government announced that there would be a…
Angels Of War
ANGELS OF WAR captures the experiences of villagers who lived through the Papua New Guinea campaign. Caught up in a war they could not understand or influence, they had no choice but to obey whoever held the gun. Their homes…
Chasing God
A worldwide quest from the Vatican to the Ganges, the Wailing Wall to the Dalai Lama Temple and Dome of the Rock Mosque, seeking to discover the principle that drives humanity to believe in God - whatever or whoever that…
Sons Of Namatjira
Part of the Series: The AIATSIS Ethnographic Collection
SONS OF NAMATJIRA examines the relationship between a community of Aboriginal artists and the outside world. Keith Namatjira is the son of the celebrated artist Albert Namatjira, and emulates his father's distinctive style. He lives with his family in the…
Three Horsemen
Part of the Series: The AIATSIS Ethnographic Collection
THREE HORSEMEN is one of several films that the MacDougalls made in and around Aurukun in the far north of Queensland. It is a deeply moving portrait of three generations of Aboriginal stockmen at Ti-Tree station, 80km south of Aurukun,…
Takeover
Part of the Series: The AIATSIS Ethnographic Collection
One of the major works produced by the AIAS Film Unit, this documentary observes the profound effect on an Aboriginal community of political and bureaucratic decisions made far away. Although specific to time and place, the film is timeless and…
Talking Language with Ernie Dingo [from the CAAMA Collection]
Around 250 Indigenous languages with 600 dialects are spoken in Australia. Today it is estimated that 30 of those languages are still strong and are spoken daily. But over a hundred are critically endangered. In this series, Ernie Dingo explores…
Beyond Sorry
This intimate portrait of two "half-caste" women: Zita Wallace who was taken from her Arrernte family at the age of eight; and Aggie Abbott, an Arrernte woman who was hidden from the Aboriginal Protector at the same time that Zita…
The MacDougall Tapes - Renowned Australian Documentary Filmmakers David and Judith MacDougall
These extended conversations with David and Judith MacDougall represent an invaluable archival record and convey a wealth of ideas and information relating to their experiences as a highly influential ethnographic filmmaking team. The conversations cover their years with the Film…
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Sammy Butcher: Out of the Shadows
Sammy Butcher is renowned as one of the best guitarists in central Australia and one of the leading figures in the Indigenous music scene. Self-taught from the age of 10, Sammy went on to become one of the founders of…