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Family dynamics, family problems and personal development in the context of the family, in Australia, the Philippines and South America, including families from culturally diverse backgrounds in Australia, "blended" families, parents dealing with children and vice versa, family survival in extreme conditions, and stories of Indigenous Australian families, the Stolen Generations and family reunion.

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LEAST SAID, SOONEST MENDED

LEAST SAID, SOONEST MENDED

1999 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: PG) 52 min

The story of the filmmaker's twin sister: despatched at the age of 15 to an institution where she was hidden away and arrangements made for the adoption of her baby. She then lived for the next 25 years without knowing where her child was or whether she was alive or dead. more

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LILI  (English version)

LILI (English version)

2019 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: PG) 85 min

LILI is a powerful exploration of inter-generational trauma; a mother, Lili, abandons her two-year-old daughter as she flees from Hungary in 1956 when the Soviets quash the Hungarian revolution. The trauma sparks a history of abandonment that spans four generations of Lili's family. more

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LILI  (Hungarian version)

LILI (Hungarian version)

2019 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: PG) 85 min

Egy anya, Lili, az '56-os forradalom közepén elmenekül Magyarországról, ezzel egy kontinenseken és generációkon átívelő elhagyás történet veszi kezdetét. more

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LINK-UP DIARY [from the AIATSIS Collection]

LINK-UP DIARY [from the AIATSIS Collection]

1987 (G) 87 min

On the road with Link-up, an organisation that re-unites Aboriginal families more

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LITTLE TOWNS, BIG VOICES

LITTLE TOWNS, BIG VOICES

2016 (M) 28 min

Taking a stand on domestic violence in regional, rural and remote communities: in this powerful short film by Fran Dobbie, this often hidden subject is brought to light by people willing to speak out about abuse to help create social change. more

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LONG GOODBYE, THE

LONG GOODBYE, THE

2010 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: PG) 55 min

THE LONG GOODBYE follows the journeys of three families living with dementia as they struggle to maintain the identity and dignity of those they love. Filmed over a 3 year period, the documentary celebrates the capacity of the human spirit to search for meaning and hope when the end is known and inescapable. more

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LONG SHADOWS: Stories From A Jewish Home

LONG SHADOWS: Stories From A Jewish Home

2002 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: PG) 56 min

Jewishcare (Montefiore Homes), is the largest Jewish aged care facility in Victoria, Australia. Most of its residents are survivors of the Holocaust. Stories of Montefiore residents rekindle horrific memories of a collective tragedy. more

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LOVE-HEART BABY

LOVE-HEART BABY

2012 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G) 27 min

Filmmaker Shalom Almond wants a baby free from her family's history of blindness. While modern medicine might offer that possibility - there's no manual for the moral minefield that comes with it. more

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LOYAL TO MY IMAGE

LOYAL TO MY IMAGE

1992 (PG) 21 min

LOYAL TO MY IMAGE is a powerful documentary about adoption, mothering and personal identity. more

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MAN OF STRINGS

MAN OF STRINGS

1999 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G) 57 min

A portrait of the life and work of Czech-born violinist, Jan Sedivka, a charismatic musician who is one of the foremost violinists and string teachers in Australia. Now aged 80, Sedivka is still actively teaching and performing. more

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MEN DON'T CRY

MEN DON'T CRY

2015 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: PG) 26 min

A mother's concern for her son and his abuse of alcohol takes her on a journey of her own self-discovery. The film observes the pain and hardship of alcohol abuse on families, and the internal pain of a mother feeling 'useless' as she observes the self-destruction of her child as he tries to become 'a man'. more

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MICK'S GIFT (Family Foibles)

MICK'S GIFT (Family Foibles)

2001 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G) 27 min

Mick Hudson was mythologised by his family but his films of the 1950s and the memories of loved ones leave contradictory images prompting a reassessment of the 'real' Mick. more

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MIDWIVES, LULLABIES AND MOTHER EARTH

MIDWIVES, LULLABIES AND MOTHER EARTH

1993 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: PG) 53 min

Pioneer advocate of natural childbirth, Michel Odent is a French doctor who believes that separating the mother and baby at birth has a profound significance for them both and for society as a whole. Odent believes that "if we can transform the birth, we can transform the world". more

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MINI-SKIRTED DYNAMO, THE

MINI-SKIRTED DYNAMO, THE

1996 (PG) 55 min

THE MINI-SKIRTED DYNAMO asks the question: Is it possible to be a good person but a bad mother? In this captivating, perplexing portrait of her mother, Dora Bialestock, filmmaker Rivka Hartman explores the wildly contradictory nature of this well-known Melbourne figure. more

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MOHAMED ALI'S HAPPY DAY FEAST

MOHAMED ALI'S HAPPY DAY FEAST

1998 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G) 55 min

Mohamed Ali and his wife, Halima Mubarak, are the owners of the Dhodaan Café, Flemington, a meeting place for the Somali refugee community in Melbourne. Having survived war in Ethiopia and Somalia, but suffered the loss of home and family, Mohamed and Halima arrive in Australia with a renewed optimism, and set about establishing... more

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MY GRANDPARENTS

MY GRANDPARENTS

2012 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G) 26 min

A cross-generational documentary in which filmmaker Joshua Marks sets out to find out more about his grandparents. The film is, as Joshua describes it, "a journey of awareness in front of and behind the camera. Gradually, we ask who is the real subject of the film, and who is really in control?" more

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MY LIFE WITHOUT STEVE

MY LIFE WITHOUT STEVE

1987 (PG) 53 min

A film by Gillian Leahy. Through the story of one woman's year in a room with a view, the film catches its audience up in the collective memories of all those who have loved and lost. more

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MY LONG NECK

MY LONG NECK

2013 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: PG) 53 min

Maja is proud of the 16 coils of brass around her neck that distinguish her as a Long Neck Kayan woman from Burma. But after 20 years of living on display and constantly being photographed in a tourist village in northern Thailand, the rings are becoming more of a trap than a source of pride. more

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MY MOTHER INDIA

MY MOTHER INDIA

2001 (PG) 52 min

Director Safina Uberoi traces her parents' history. Her Australian mother married a Sikh and moved to India. There they bought up their three children and survived the anti-Sikh riots of 1984. The autobiography features family photos, historical footage and interviews with the family particularly with Uberoi's mother,... more

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MY MOTHER NANCY (Family Foibles)

MY MOTHER NANCY (Family Foibles)

2001 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G) 27 min

A cross-cultural, cross-generational tale of a mother reclaiming her identity to pursue her dream against the traditional conventions on which her family is built. more

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