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HERITAGE FIGHT

Year: 2013

Classification: Exempt - Ronin Recommends: PG

Runtime: 104 min

Produced In: Australia

Directed By: Eugénie Dumont

Produced By: Eugénie Dumont, Yoon-Seok Nam

Language: English

Website: www.heritagefight.com

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There are still some pristine places on earth, untouched by industrialisation and urbanisation. But for how long?

The Kimberley region in Western Australia is the scene of a major struggle by Aboriginal people to protect their land from a huge development planned by the conservative Premier of WA, Colin Barnett, and the oil and gas corporation, Woodside. With government support, Woodside plans to build one of the largest liquified natural gas plants in the world, in the Kimberley wilderness.

The film questions, listens and quotes scientists, activists, politicians and businessmen, as well as the Goolarabooloo people, to bring a broad perspective to this issue. The role of the citizens of Broome is also depicted: it was a battle in which the Aboriginal people and the towns-people fought hand in hand, and won the battle thanks to the union that made their force.

The film questions, listens and quotes scientists, activists, politicians and businessmen, as well as the Goolarabooloo people, to bring a broad perspective to this issue. The role of the citizens of Broome is also depicted: it was a battle in which the Aboriginal people and the towns-people fought hand in hand, and the Goolarabooloo would not have won the battle without their support.

On what the citizens of nearby Broome call “Black Tuesday”, 120 policemen came from Perth to end the protesters’ “blockade”, to allow Woodside to begin exploration work although it hadn’t acquired all legal approvals. History is made in front of the camera, as we observe the clash between protesters and the police, and witness abusive arrests and the use of force.

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