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Indigenous Australia (9/13)

Australian and Torres Strait Island societies, history, politics and cultures, including many films by Indigenous filmmakers. Stories range across issues relating to health, identity, the "Stolen Generation", art, anthropology, traditional life and culture, and history and archaeology both before and after the arrival of Captain Cook.

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OCHRE AND INK

OCHRE AND INK

2011 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G) 27 min

OCHRE AND INK tells the extraordinary story of artist Zhou Xiaoping and his inspiring 23 year collaboration with Indigenous artists in the Maningrida area in the heart of Arnhem Land, Northern Territory. A film by James Bradley, with co-producer Rachel Clements. more

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OLD MAN AND THE INLAND SEA, THE  [from the CAAMA Collection]

OLD MAN AND THE INLAND SEA, THE [from the CAAMA Collection]

2005 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G) 20 min

Norman Hayes Jagamarra gives us a unique Aboriginal perspective on greed, alcohol and the importance of maintaining your pride and self-sufficiency through a working life. more

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ON THE EDGE

ON THE EDGE

2010 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: PG) 338 min

Over a two month period, a group of Indigenous teenagers take a physical, emotional and spiritual journey to discover who they are. It's an emotional roller-coaster ride with the group dynamics that constantly change. Featuring the work of mentor Fran Dobbie. more

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OONDOORRD: Married Turtle [from the CAAMA Collection]

OONDOORRD: Married Turtle [from the CAAMA Collection]

2009 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: PG) 22 min

The hunt for the special Oondoorrd or female turtle in the mating season, in the ocean off the West Kimberley region of Western Australia. more

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OUR COMMUNITY

OUR COMMUNITY

2006 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G) 24 min

An exploration of the concept of 'community' in the far northwest of NSW - an intimate expedition through the townships of WALGETT, LIGHTNING RIDGE and SHEEPYARD. more

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OVER THE EDGE

OVER THE EDGE

2015 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G) 56 min

Teenagers in the series ON THE EDGE reunite 5 years later as young adults facing a turbulent world. This film explores how their choices have determined their present circumstances. Some are working, some in jail, and three are parents. Every one of them is living an extraordinary life and coming to terms with their world. more

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PANTHER WITHIN, THE

PANTHER WITHIN, THE

2016 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: PG) 54 min

Filmmaker Edoardo Crismani and his mother Barbara embark on a search to unravel the mystery surrounding Barbara's father, Joe Murray, an Indigenous boxing champion who danced and sang in vaudeville shows, and married a blue-eyed blonde white woman in 1930s Australia. more

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PEACE PILGRIMS

PEACE PILGRIMS

2021 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G) 28 min

In September 2015, five peace activists penetrated the 'Joint Facility' Pine Gap, just outside Alice Springs to protest and lament victims of American drone strikes. They were arrested and faced 7 years jail. A documentary by John Hughes, based on Peace Crimes, Kieran Finnane (UQP 2020) more

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PETYARRE and ATNANGKERE (Our Cave)  (From the CAAMA Collection)

PETYARRE and ATNANGKERE (Our Cave) (From the CAAMA Collection)

2016-7 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G) 40 min

Two related short documentaries by Viviana Petyarre, featuring artist Gloria Petyarre and her family's search for a cave to which they are culturally connected. For millennia, the Atnangkere Cave has been a Dreaming centrepiece for the Alyawarre people of Atneltye (Boundary Bore), Utopia, north of Alice Springs in central... more

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PIONEERS OF LOVE

PIONEERS OF LOVE

2005 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G) 110 min

An epic story of Immigrant and Indigenous experiences in far north Queensland spanning across the 20th century. more

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PITJIRI: The Snake That Will Not Sink

PITJIRI: The Snake That Will Not Sink

1986 (G) 48 min

In 1936 on a remote outpost in the Northern Territory, nine Aboriginal Elders appeared before Ruth Heathcock, who they believed was a member of their tribe before the Dreaming. Fifty years later, Sister Ruth returns and describes the psychic phenomena that she experienced and how this changed her perception of the human... more

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PLEAD GUILTY, GET A BOND

PLEAD GUILTY, GET A BOND

1991 (G) 30 min

A young Aboriginal woman has been charged with wounding her husband during a domestic argument. It is expected by all concerned that she will simply plead guilty and receive a good behaviour bond. The inexperienced legal aid lawyer is outraged by this expectations and persuades Amy to plead her innocence. more

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PRISON SONGS

PRISON SONGS

2015 (M) 56 min

The inmates of a Darwin prison are shown in a new light in Australia's first documentary musical. Incarcerated in tropical Northern Territory, over 800 inmates squeeze into the overcrowded spaces of Berrimah Prison, and share their experiences in the most extraordinary way – through song. more

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PUTUPARRI and the Rainmakers

PUTUPARRI and the Rainmakers

2015 (M) 97 min

Against the backdrop of Australia's tangled colonial and Indigenous history, Putuparri and the Rainmakers explores one man's struggle to fulfill his destiny. more

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QUEST OF JIMMY PIKE, THE

QUEST OF JIMMY PIKE, THE

1989 (G) 51 min

Jimmy Pike lives an extraordinary and idyllic life hunting and painting in a harsh and primitive environment in the Great Sandy Desert. He first learnt to paint whilst in prison serving a life sentence for murder. As a young boy, he had come out of the Great Sandy Desert and saw white men for the first time. Now he wants... more

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REDFERN STORY, THE

REDFERN STORY, THE

2014 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: PG) 57 min

In Redfern, in inner Sydney, a group of determined visionaries pioneered the National Black Theatre at a turbulent time for Indigenous politics in the 1970s. The Theatre left a lasting legacy on national politics, social welfare and the Australian arts scene. more

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REMEMBERING COUNTRY

REMEMBERING COUNTRY

2000 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G) 26 min

An intimate autobiographical film that invites the audience into Harold Furber's vivid memories of being a desert kid stolen away to a tropical island. more

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RIDDLE OF THE BRADSHAWS, THE

RIDDLE OF THE BRADSHAWS, THE

2002 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G) 53 min

This story of the Bradshaw rock paintings or Gwion Gwion as they are known to the Aboriginal traditional owners, unfolds in the vast and beautiful Kimberley region of Australia's far north west. more

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RINGBALIN - BREAKING THE DROUGHT

RINGBALIN - BREAKING THE DROUGHT

2014 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G) 32 min

A powerful documentary about the healing of Australia's greatest river and its diverse peoples through ancient ceremony of culture and spirit. more

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RINGTONE

RINGTONE

2016 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G) 30 min

In the Yolngu community of Gapuwiyak in the Northern Territory, individual ringtones on mobiles reveal rich insights into lives and relationships. Ringtone features individuals talking directly to camera, revealing the stories behind their own ringtones as well as the pleasures and perils of their new connectivity. more

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