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AIATSIS Collection (2/2)

The Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies (later AIATSIS – the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies) was established as a statutory authority in 1964. The Institute quickly established a film unit to act as an archive of filmed material and also to record material of ethnographic and historic significance. Part of this work also involved the preparation of films for public release, and until the early 1990s, the AIAS Film Unit became responsible for some of the most significant works of ethnographic film then produced in Australia. This collection of some thirty significant documentary works will be progressively released by Ronin Films in association with AIATSIS, where possible in re-mastered form and with associated interviews with filmmakers.

For an excellent study of the AIATSIS films, see the monograph, "Bringing to Light" by Ian Bryson (published in 2002 by Aboriginal Studies Press, AIATSIS).

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STOCKMAN'S STRATEGY [from the AIATSIS Collection]

STOCKMAN'S STRATEGY [from the AIATSIS Collection]

1984 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G) 51 min

An insight into the transfer of knowledge and experience on the Collum Collum cattle station in north-eastern New South Wales. more

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SUNNY AND THE DARK HORSE [from the AIATSIS Collection]

SUNNY AND THE DARK HORSE [from the AIATSIS Collection]

1987 (PG) 86 min

Country folk know of pleasures that townsfolk never know ... The story of an Aboriginal stockman and his family and their growing passion for "picnic racing" on bush tracks in New South Wales. more

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TAKEOVER [from the AIATSIS Collection]

TAKEOVER [from the AIATSIS Collection]

1979 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G) 87 min

The story of an Aboriginal community under threat from a distant bureaucracy. more

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THREE HORSEMEN [from the AIATSIS Collection]

THREE HORSEMEN [from the AIATSIS Collection]

1982 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G) 51 min

Three generations of Aboriginal stockmen on a cattle station in far north Queensland. more

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TO GET THAT COUNTRY [from the AIATSIS Collection]

TO GET THAT COUNTRY [from the AIATSIS Collection]

1977 (G) 66 min

A record of an historic event: the inaugural meeting of the Northern Land Council, representing traditional owners of the northern part of the Northern Territory. more

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TRANSFER OF POWER, A [from the AIATSIS Collection]

TRANSFER OF POWER, A [from the AIATSIS Collection]

1986 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G) 21 min

Replacing the engine in an old car: the work of "bush mechanics" on a cattle station in northern New South Wales. more

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WAITING FOR HARRY [from the AIATSIS Collection]

WAITING FOR HARRY [from the AIATSIS Collection]

1980 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G) 56 min

Tensions behind the scenes of a ritual event in central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory. more

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WALBIRI FIRE CEREMONY, A - Ngatjakula [from the AIATSIS Collection]

WALBIRI FIRE CEREMONY, A - Ngatjakula [from the AIATSIS Collection]

1977 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G) 19 min

Ngatjakula is one of the most spectacular ceremonies of central Australia, employing fire, and several days of singing and dance, to resolve conflicts and re-affirm social order among the Warlpiri (Walbiri) people. more

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WESTERN DESERT WOOMERA: Fashioned With Stone Tools [from the AIATSIS Collection]

WESTERN DESERT WOOMERA: Fashioned With Stone Tools [from the AIATSIS Collection]

1981 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G) 11 min

A documentary about the making of a spear-thrower by two Pintupi men of the Lake McDonald area in the central west of the Northern Territory. The film demonstrates their use of stone tools. more

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YORKY BILLY [from the AIATSIS Collection]

YORKY BILLY [from the AIATSIS Collection]

1980 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G) 17 min

A portrait of a disappearing way of life in the Northern Territory outback. more

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