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Stolen Generations
Between 1910 and 1970 in Australia, 1 in 3 children were removed from Aboriginal families and placed in institutions and foster homes. These children, in most cases, were never to see their family again. The film tells 3 stories of…
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…
Servant or Slave - The Secret History of Slavery in Australia
Bringing to light the heartbreaking experiences of the Wenberg sisters - Adelaide, Valerie (Linow) and Rita, SERVENT OR SLAVES celebrates their fortitude in pursuing justice for the crimes committed against them. Their firsthand accounts of officially sanctioned enslavement reveal the…
Mabo - Life of an Island Man
Mabo - Life of an Island Man is the story of a small island and an extraordinary man. Eddie Koiki Mabo was born on Murray Island in the Torres Strait, but lived most of his life in exile. Only after…
Why Me? - Stolen Generations
This documentary is one of the most compelling films on this subject that we have yet seen. We are confident that it will become a landmark film in the fullness of time. Much of its power comes from its beautifully…
The 1905 Act (Original and Revised Version)
A collection from ECU's archive of documentaries and teaching films. This important documentary is intended as an introduction to the nature of this special legislation and its effects on Aborigines in the south west of Western Australia during the period…
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Message From Mungo
WINNER - United Nations Association of Australia Media Awards 2014 - Promotion of Indigenous Recognition "Repatriation is one of the most important social issues of our times for Indigenous communities around the world. Yet, repatriation is too often turned into…
Dreamings - The Art of Aboriginal Australia
The art of Aboriginal Australia is celebrated in Dreamings as we journey into the sacred heartland of Australia to see traditional artists at work. The artists talk of their work, its association with the land and its spiritual connection with…
Night Cries
A short experimental film by Tracey Moffatt, shot totally in a studio, about the relationship between an Aboriginal daughter and her white mother. The daughter, now the sole carer of her dying mother, dreams of far away places.
Lousy Little Sixpence
In the mid-1930s, the Aboriginal people began to organise, and to fight the Aborigines Protection Board. Through old newsreels, archive film, photographs and interviews with Elders, the film weaves a moving account of a hidden history, the early struggle for…
Remembering Yayayi - The History of Pintupi
Remembering Yayayi reflects on a pivotal moment in the history of Pintupi people through a body of archival film. In 1974, filmmaker Ian Dunlop visited Yayayi, a remote community in Central Australia. The Pintupi people had recently moved there to…
Buckskin
Jack Buckskin is the sole teacher of a once extinct language. From the northern Adelaide suburb of Salisbury, Jack's mission is to teach the Kaurna language, the language of his ancestors, to as many people as he can in his…
Small Island, Big Fight
A new battle is brewing on Murray Island where the historic Mabo land rights case originated. This time, the outcome could have far-reaching implications for Australia's open waters. Growing numbers of large-scale commercial operators plunder the sea around the island…
Kurtal Snake Spirit
Kurtal - Snake Spirit tells the story of Spider, a sprightly 80 year old Aboriginal elder who travels from Fitzroy Crossing into the Great Sandy Desert of Western Australia to visit a jila - a sacred waterhole. Spider is one…
Koories and Cops
KOORIES AND COPS outlines the historical relationship between police and Aboriginal communities. It explains how police played a crucial role in enforcing white colonial laws which led to Aboriginal dispossession and family dispersal. The production of KOORIES AND COPS is…
Who Killed Malcom Smith
At 1.25pm on 29 December 1982, Malcolm Charles Smith, an Aboriginal prisoner in a Sydney gaol, went into a toilet cubicle and locked the door behind him. Half a minute later, a piercing scream came from the cubicle. Officers rushed…
Harold
In the late 1940s, Harold Blair emerged as one of the most renowned Australian tenors of the concert hall, at a time when very few Aboriginal people could break through the barriers of the repressive Queensland reserve system. Harold takes…
The Dreaming Series 1
The Dreaming is an award winning animation series recommended by educational institutions throughout Australia. There are 6 parts to the complete series, and each looks at unique indigenous stories, beautifully animated by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. The stories…
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Painting Country
Balgo Hills or Wirrimanu is located on the edge of the Tanami and Great Sandy Deserts in far North Western Australia. Despite its isolation this is home to some of Australia's most famous indigenous artists whose paintings hang in galleries…
Another Country - The Yolngu People
"No one from any government has ever known our language. ... How can they know us?" - David Gulpilil Another Country is a documentary which considers, from the inside, the ramifications of one culture being dominated by another. At the…