We invited First Nations filmmakers to create short films to tell their stories – stories of men and women, young and not so young, stories of the past, present and future. Stories of adventures, wins, losses, connection to country, dreams and Dreaming, heart-ache and hope! Stories of First Nations people with ideas, people who have gone outside the ordinary, people who have followed their passions and taken a risk, people who have worked together to create something extraordinary, and people who have fought to protect what makes them, their culture and their country special.
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Also, don’t miss the compelling story of Torres Strait Island Elder, Alick Tipoti, and his amazing collaboration with Prince Albert of Monaco in Alick and Albert.
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Watch password: Bunaan2020
On 1 December 2019, the people of the indigenous Yuin nation gathered for a traditional healing ceremony, a Bunaan,at the foot of Gulaga Mountain.This film is Yuin elder Warren Ngarrae Foster’s account of the meaning behind the Bunaan.
Warren Ngarrae Foster and Hiromi Matsuoka
Bagan ,Barra Barra ,Mirriwarr – Land Sea Sky
Bagan Barra Barra MIrriwarr – Land Sea Sky is a suite of three music videos in the Dhurga language, composed and sung by members of Djinama Yilaga indigenous women’s choir based at Four Winds, Bermagui on the Far South Coast of NSW.
Cheryl Davison and Andrew Robinson
A story of the strength and resilience of singer, songwriter, and rapper, Naomi ‘Nay’ Wenitong. From the highs of a successful career with pop group Shakaya and hip hop pioneers The Last Kinection, to the lows of surviving a near fatal car crash and domestic violence. Naomi is re-building her career, by working on her first solo project and mentoring young artists.
Fred Grant’s Eagle Story
Walawuru Iti Katitja 2019: Fred Grant’s Eagle Story, is a true story shared by senior lawman and renowned artist Fred Grant. This story is well known throughout community and captures the challenges faced by families back in early days.
Milpa Project Artists
Through Her Eyes
This film is a poetic composition of memory, influence and identity. First Nations filmmaker Jason Haji-Ali who wrote, produced and directed this film explores his cultural identity as he reflects on his childhood, the toxicity of social media and conversation with his grandmother, Phyllis.
Wild at Heart
Wild at Heart is a film about three generations of Aboriginal women whose relationship has been fractured by misinformation and anger. After years of estrangement, Kahlia the grand-daughter of former race car driver Sally, wakes from a nightmare desperate to reconnect with her. Defying her mother’s wishes Kahlia tracks down Nana Sally, a meeting that will change their lives forever.
Uncle Kutcha Edwards invites Daen, an artist and film maker to explore the inspirations of his original song ‘Roll’n’. The pair spend time in the studio and travel to significant places as they learn more about each other.
The Whaler’s Tale
The Whaler’s Tale, tells the extraordinary story of William Lanney [1835-1869] one of the last Tasmanian Aboriginal children born on the traditional Country of their ancestors. In 1842 he and his family were exiled by the Governor to remote Wybalenna on Flinders Island where many of his people died including his family. Surviving exile and harsh poverty in Hobart Town he escaped institutional life to join the crew of a whaling ship sailing the Southern Ocean and beyond.
After the first day of private school in the city, a young aboriginal boy reflects on his fear of losing the magic of family and community after being so far away from them. This film uses all real captured footage of my little brother with my family over the past four years. It is a reflection and a way of processing my own emotions and how I felt when I moved to the city.
Tanya Charles – Caring for Country
Tanya carries on her Grandmother’s legacy as she dedicates her life to the preservation of the sacred aboriginal land within Mungo National Park. With great respect for her ancestors, she educates tourists on the ways of the “old ones” in a place where some of the earliest human remains in the world have been found.
Lara van Raay and Sarah Simmons
Watch password: Gamilaroi
On the cusp of his initiation, a young Aboriginal Mungo has a chance encounter with James Ashton and his travelling circus. Mungo is instantly spellbound by the magic of the circus, but is torn between the two worlds. Does he do what is expected of him and follow in the footstep’s tribal leaders before him? Or does he take a chance and go on the adventure of a lifetime with the Ashton Circus?
Djaambi centres on Reg, a young Indigenous man, transitioning between past decisions, and the new. Made raw in the wake of the death of his close cousin, Tjarrah, Reg’s experiences with racism at the hands of his work colleague challenge his sense of identity, making him anxious. Embarking on a spiritual journey, reflecting on the past to reassure his present decisions, Tjarrah guides Reg through his grief. Djaambi touches on contemporary, and often unseen by the privileged, themes of racism and mental health, while navigating one’s place in Australian society, illustrating the impact of cultural overload and the aftermath of trauma. Note: This film contains some strong language. Parental guidance is advised.