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Tanna
A young girl living on a remote island in the South Pacific falls in love with her chief's grandson in this beautiful Oscar-nominated film. But when war with their enemies escalates, Wawa is unknowingly betrothed as part of a peace…
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,…
Babakiueria
Imagine what it would be like if black settlers arrived to settle a continent inhabited by white natives? In 1788, the first white settlers arrived in Botany Bay to begin the process of white colonisation of Australia. But in Babakiueria,…
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:…
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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…
We Don't Need a Map - An Intimate Look at the Southern Cross Constellation
The Southern Cross is the most famous constellation in the southern hemisphere. Ever since colonisation it's been claimed, appropriated and hotly-contested for ownership by a radical range of Australian groups. But for Aboriginal people the meaning of this heavenly body…
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…
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…
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…
Crocodile Dreaming
CROCODILE DREAMING is a modern day supernatural myth about two estranged brothers, played by iconic Indigenous actors DAVID GULPILIL and TOM LEWIS. Separated at birth, they have different fathers. One is readily accepted as a fully-fledged member of the tribe…
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…
Yolngu Boy
Lorrpu, Botj and Milika are three Yolngu (Aboriginal) teenagers who once shared a childhood dream of becoming great hunters together. But as teenagers they changed: Botj did bad things which landed him in jail one time, and Milika is more…
Jandamarra's War
In Jandamarra's War we learn how in the 1890's European settlers arrive in the Kimberley, North West Australia, with vast herds of sheep and cattle, determined to make their fortune by feeding a rapidly growing population in the South. But…
Exile and The Kingdom
"In the Language of this country, the name of this river is Yarnda Nyirra~Na, 'Sun Mirror'. This is the story of the people who belong to the river, and the forces that took them away". With these words Roger Solomon…
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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…
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…
Wrong Side Of The Road
What's it like to be young and black in Australia? Wrong Side of the Road introduces two black, rock reggae bands - No Fixed Address and Us Mob - and follows them through two days on the road The bands'…
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…
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,…
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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