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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…
Kanyini - An Aboriginal Australian Shares His Story and Wisdom
A Pitjantjatjara word meaning interconnectedness; caring, support, nurturing, and responsibility, "Kanyini" is a feature documentary which explores the philosophy and the life of Bob Randall, an Aboriginal man who lived in Mutitjulu, a town beside the world's greatest monolith, Uluru,…
Legal Briefs Series
In a series of short episodes Lizzie O'Shea talks to Australia's top legal minds. She takes you into the courts, and the places where our law is made. Clip #1: "Legal Briefs - What is the Law?" - Clip #2:…
10 videos
Hunter-Gatherers and Polynesians
Episode 37 of History of the Ancient World
Although civilization almost always tends to be an urban phenomenon, there are exceptions. Examine the origins of societies that evolved sophisticated cultures but did not build cities, including hunter-gatherers like the Fenni of Scandinavia, the Aborigines of Australia, and the…
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…
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…
Darling River Kids
CAUTION: Viewers are warned that this film contains images and sounds of people who are now deceased. The Darling River Kids are Aboriginal teenagers in the small town of Wilcannia, Western NSW. For them the state school education is often…
The Human Race - A Race Across Australia
The Human Race is a compelling adventure documentary set in the Kimberley Region - an ancient, remote and spectacular landscape in North Western Australia. Three men from different continents begin the race on the rim of Wolfe Creek Meteorite Crater,…
Triumph of the Nomads - A History of Australia's Aboriginal People
A television series that depicts the life and times of Australia's Aborigines long before the vast continent was colonised by the British in 1788. It illustrates the history of ancient Australia and how the Aborigines were triumphant in their discovery…
3 videos
Cunnamulla
Cunnamulla , 800 kilometres west of Brisbane, is the end of the railway line. In the months leading up to a scorching Christmas in the bush, there's a lot more going on than the annual lizard race. Arthur patrols 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…
On Sacred Ground - Aboriginal Australian History
On Sacred Ground looks at the story behind the Noonkanbah dispute, the well-publicised Aboriginal struggle to stop mining in the Kimberley region of Western Australia in the late 1970s. Presented by a young spokesman for the Kimberley Land Council, the…
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…
Colour Theory: Series 4 - Indigenous Graffiti and Street Artists
Unearthing a variety of contemporary Indigenous Artists and their connection to their art, community, and country. Hosted by artist, activist and proclaimed show off, Richard Bell. Clip #1: "Budda" - Clip #2: "Narisha" - Clip #3: "Warraba" - Clip #4:…
4 videos
Rosie
Rosie is based on the life of Rosalie Fraser, author of the book Shadow Child. Rosalie Fraser's life with her natural family ended in March 1961, when as a two year old aboriginal child she was taken by the Western…
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…
2 videos
The Last Tasmanian
The Tasmanians were a distinct people, isolated from Australia and the rest of the world for 12,000 years. In 1803, British colonisation began and in 1876, Truganini died. She was the last full-blood and tribal Tasmanian Aboriginal. Within her one…
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…
Bush Mechanics: The Series
This off-beat series follows the exploits of the Bush Mechanics , a group of engaging Aboriginal characters who travel through central Australia. In each episode, the Bush Mechanics who come from the remote Warlpiri community of Yuendumu are presented with…
4 videos
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.…