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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…
Destiny in Alice
In the heart of central Australia, the town of Alice Springs has become something of a haven for Lesbians - a place where black and white women mix and mingle, confronting the challenges of loving across racial and cultural gaps.…
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…
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…
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,…
WIRRIYA: Small Boy
This moving documentary is a record of a few hours in the life of a small 7 year old boy, Ricco, from Hidden Valley, one of the many town camps on the outskirts of Alice Springs. He has lived in…
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…
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…
Green Tea and Cherry Ripe
'No Japanese women, or any half castes either, will be admitted to Australia . . . they are simply not wanted and are permanently undesirable,' stated a 1948 instruction from the then Minister for Immigration, Arthur Calwell. Green Tea and…
Walking Dancing Belonging
Produced in association with Waringarri Aboriginal Arts at Kununurra in Western Australia, this moving documentary features three women who talk about their paintings as an expression of their relationship to their country. The women share a sense of belonging to…
The Lore Of Love
Teenager, Jessie Bartlett Nungarrayi, takes us on a journey from Alice Springs to the ancestral homelands of her Pintubi grandmothers where the old ladies propose to teach her about relationships with men, the lore of love, the traditional way. With…
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…
Familiar Places
Part of the Series: The AIATSIS Ethnographic Collection
Narrated by the linguist and anthropologist Peter Sutton, this documentary observes his work with a family in far north Queensland, outside Aurukun, to map their hereditary "clan country". The aim of the older members of the family is partly to…
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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Cold Turkey
COLD TURKEY is a short drama produced for SBS Independent, about two brothers and their journey into a long night of desperate living in Alice Springs. Shane and Robby are Indigenous brothers living in Alice Springs. Robby is leaving for…
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…
It's A Long Road Back
Part of the Series: The AIATSIS Ethnographic Collection
This powerful documentary was made by Oomera (Coral) Edwards on Super 8mm film as a training exercise at the (then) Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies in Canberra. The film surveys the New South Wales policy of taking Aboriginal children from…
Intervention 2 Years On
This impassioned documentary was rejected for broadcast by ABC TV as "biased" and lacking "balance". John Howard introduced the Intervention legislation in July 2007. Two years later, an official United Nations rapporteur on human rights, Professor James Anaya, described the…
Yellow Fella
YELLOW FELLA is a portrait of Tom E. Lewis who as a young man in 1978 was chosen by director Fred Schepisi to star in THE CHANT OF JIMMY BLACKSMITH. The life of the character he played was hauntingly close…
Collum Calling Canberra
Part of the Series: The AIATSIS Ethnographic Collection
Gordon Smith, head of the Collum Collum Aboriginal Co-operative which operates a cattle station in northern New South Wales, and Sunny Bancroft, the station manager, are negotiating with the Aboriginal Development Corporation in Canberra for a loan. Finance is needed…