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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…
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…
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,…
North of Capricorn
Australia's great divide is not between the city and the bush. It is between the north and the south. Looking at Australia from the top down changes the whole story of our nation's history. The people of Australia's deep north…
Jarlmadangah - Our Dream [from the CAAMA Collection]
Situated south of Derby in the West Kimberleys, Jarlmadangah is a unique community often hailed as 'a model community' for its many social and cultural achievements. At the centre of the story are two brothers, John and Harry Watson, Elders…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.…
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…
Good-Bye Old Man
Part of the Series: The AIATSIS Ethnographic Collection
At the request of a dying Tiwi man and his family on Melville Island, this film was made of the pukumani (bereavement) ceremony to follow his death. The film observes the family through the long period of preparation for the…
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.…
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…
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 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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Art of Healing
The Saint Teresa Church stands proudly in the Aboriginal community of Ltyentye Apurte, a township of 500 people, 80km south-east of Alice Springs. This is a Catholic Church like no other. Agnes Palmer, an Arrernte woman, grew up in a…
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…