12 Canoes is a website presenting, in an artistic, cultural and educational context, the stories, art and environment of the Yolngu people who live around the Arafura swamp in north-eastern Arnhem Land.
Includes film clip, transcripts and study guide for a range of Aboriginal activists including Faith Bandler, Neville Bonner, Rosalie Kunoth Monks, Ruby Langford, Lowitja O'Donoghue, and Charles Perkins.
Mabo - The Native Title Revolution delves into the legal case and the important issues it raises for Australians and indigenous peoples everywhere. Broader concepts such as colonisation, land rights and native title are explored through hundreds of specially created mini movies, animations, archival film clips and a wealth of stills and stories from primary and secondary sources.
A free, quick and easy-to-use search engine for teachers and educators. The Resource Finder features free for education video clips from Screen Australia's remarkable archive - one of the nation's largest and most historically significant collections. Clips are matched with print-friendly two-page resource sheets that include background information, engaging student research and classroom activities all written by leading teachers.
First Contact is a documentary series that takes a group of six ordinary people and immerses them into Aboriginal Australia. Through a journey of conflict and discovery, light is shone on a hidden and divided nation. Stereotypes are smashed. Lives are changed.
Six out of ten who call Australia home have had little or no contact with Indigenous people. The provocative, controversial and dramatic television event First Contact returns to SBS with Ray Martin as host.
First Australians chronicles the birth of contemporary Australia as never told before, from the perspective of its first people. First Australians explores what unfolds when the oldest living culture in the world is overrun by the world's greatest empire. Created in collaboration with members of the Gadigal, Darug, Dharawal and Wiradjuri communities.
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 policy as an “extraordinary measure which infringes on the rights and determinations of Indigenous People”.
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 a new set of challenges - catching a car thief, getting a nephew out of jail, racing to an outback rock concert and travelling thousands of miles to gather pearl shells for a rainmaking ceremony.
This mini-series follows four young men from a remote community in Australia's Northern Territory. Expert bush mechanics and hunters, these fellas love nothing more than to bring home a bounty of fish, turtle, kangaroo and bush foods for their families. They love adventure and plenty of it comes their way in this hit web series from the director of Bush Mechanics, David Batty.
The Warriors follows three Australian Rules Football rookies who are thrust into a world of fame and fortune when they are selected for the worst team in the league and placed together in a share house with their reluctant mentor - the team's bad-boy captain. Together the four footballers encounter drama on and off the field with hilarious results, causing endless stress for the club's coach, communications manager and president. Can the boys learn to live with each other and overcome their personal obstacles to survive the preseason and make the final team?
The remaining half of the old Kinchela Boys Home gate represents one of the most well-known Aboriginal Children’s Homes of New South Wales, at Kempsey on the north coast. ‘This is what kept us in, kept us from our culture. Going through that gate, it was going into hell,’ said former resident Manuel Ebsworth.
Veterans of the notorious Kinchela Boys Home in New South Wales reunited to mark the 90th Anniversary.
They came together to honour the memory of the 600 Stolen Generation boys who lived at the home from 1924 to 1970.
A dreaming story of the Wongutha people from the Eastern goldfields, this wonderful retelling by well-known Indigenous children's author, May O'Brien explains how the Seven Sisters (Pleiades) came to be. Beautifully illustrated by Sue Wyatt, it offers teachers a way to introduce traditional Indigenous beliefs, dreaming stories and language to their students.
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 Aboriginal land rights and self-determination. A meticulous study of how white Australians between the wars consistently broke up Aboriginal families to manufacture a black servant class.
Putuparri and the Rainmakers is a universal story about the sacred relationship between people and place. It takes audiences on a rare and emotional journey to meet the traditional rainmakers of Australia's Great Sandy Desert who have fought a twenty-year battle to win back their traditional homeland.
Also on DVD in Fisher's Collection. This film documents the efforts made through activism and theatre to bring the cause of indigenous people to public notice, as a first step towards gaining land rights and better treatment.
Ten canoes tells the story of the people of the Arafura swamp, in their language, and is set a long time before the coming of the Balanda, as white people were known. Dayindi covets one of the wives of his older brother. To teach him the proper way, he is told a story from the mythical past, a story of wrong love, kidnapping, sorcery, bungling mayhem and revenge gone wrong.
Utopia is an epic production by John Pilger. Utopia is a vast region in northern Australia and home to the oldest human presence on earth. ‘This film is a journey into that secret country,’ says John Pilger in Utopia. ‘It will describe not only the uniqueness of the first Australians, but their trail of tears and betrayal and resistance – from one utopia to another’.
Australia is home to the oldest living cultures in the world. Over fifty thousand years ago, well before modern people reached America or dominated Europe, people journeyed to the planet’s harshest habitable continent and thrived. The world’s oldest oral stories, new archaeological discoveries, stunning rock art, a wealth of never seen before archival footage and cinematic CGI reveal the epic migrations, struggles to survive and technological breakthroughs made between 50,000 years ago and the arrival of Europeans in 1788.
Publication Date: Originally produced by Ronin Films in 2002.
A documentary that intercuts interviews with historical footage to tell the history of The Foundation of Aboriginal Affairs, an organisation significant in the push for the 1967 referendum in which Aboriginal peoples were given the vote. This film is a part of the 'National Indigenous Documentary Fund Series 5'. Other titles in this series are: NGANGKARI, WE OF LITTLE VOICE, ME and YOU and BIG GIRLS DON'T CRY.