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Current additions to Ronin’s blue ribbon collection of films from Australia and overseas, specialising in high quality independently produced documentaries and selected feature films.

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ANGELS GATHER HERE

ANGELS GATHER HERE

2017 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: PG) 49 min

Angels Gather Here follows Jacki Trapman’s journey back to her hometown of Brewarrina to celebrate her parents’ 60th Wedding Anniversary. Going home is never easy, and for Jackie it means facing the traumas of her past. more

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BAULKHAM HILLS AFRICAN LADIES TROUPE, THE

BAULKHAM HILLS AFRICAN LADIES TROUPE, THE

2016 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: M) 81 min

The story of four charismatic and inspirational African women, now living in Australia, who, with the help of acclaimed theatre director Ros Horin, turned their harrowing stories of survival into a joyous theatre of humanity that has filled theatres from across their new country to the other side of the world. more

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BLACKBIRD

BLACKBIRD

2016 (PG) 13 min

Blackbird is a short narrative drama which sheds light on a little known part of history - Australia’s notorious “blackbirding” era when some 60,000 Pacific Islanders were brought to Australia, often by force and kidnapping, between 1863 and 1904 to work on sugar cane farms of Queensland. more

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BORDER POLITICS

BORDER POLITICS

2018 (PG) 90 min

In this film, leading Human Rights barrister, Julian Burnside AO, deconstructs harsh asylum seeker policies around the world, arguing that failure in political leadership is compromising human rights and destroying democratic principles in the West. more

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CREATING A MONSTER

CREATING A MONSTER

2017 (PG) 20 min

A documentary by Gena Lida Riess exploring how reality television is constructed and consumed, and the psychological impact that it has on participants. more

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ETCHED IN BONE

ETCHED IN BONE

2018 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: PG) 73 min

When the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC agrees to repatriate stolen human bones from northern Australia, an Aboriginal elder creates a ceremony that restores his ancestors’ spirits to their homeland. more

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FROM UNDER THE RUBBLE

FROM UNDER THE RUBBLE

2017 (PG) 76 min

The Samouni family story: a powerful civilian perspective on the violent clash between Palestinians and Israeli armed forces in Gaza. Australian filmmaker Anne Tsoulis has created an intimate and unflinching film about an appalling crisis. more

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HOPE ROAD

HOPE ROAD

2017 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: PG) 103 min

Filmed over a 5-year period, HOPE ROAD is a film by Tom Zubrycki which follows an ambitious project undertaken by a Sudanese refugee in Australia, Zacharia Machiek, to build a much-needed school back in his home village, now part of the new nation of South Sudan. But life disrupts his best-laid plans … more

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IMAGINARY BORDER

IMAGINARY BORDER

2017 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: PG) 105 min

A challenging and compassionate reflection on race relations in Australia and the Torres Strait Islands. A film by Iranian-born Austrian filmmaker, Alireza Ghanie. more

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KINGS OF BAXTER

KINGS OF BAXTER

2017 (M) 66 min

A rare insight into life behind bars for juvenile inmates in one of the country’s largest juvenile justice centres: two actors from the Bell Shakespeare company engage with young offenders in an attempt to stage a performance of Shakespeare’s Macbeth for their families and fellow inmates. more

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LIFE IS A VERY STRANGE THING

LIFE IS A VERY STRANGE THING

2018 (PG) 80 min

When an Australian visits an old friend in Paris, he encounters a rich mosaic of life in France today and a wealth of colourful local characters - an intriguing, funny and cinematic portrait by an outsider. A delightful film by Les McLaren and Annie Stiven. more

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MAKING A MARK

MAKING A MARK

2017 (PG) 56 min

A chronicle of creative trailblazing - exploring one of the most personally challenging and financially tenuous of vocations, to live and work in the competitive world of the visual arts in Australia. A superb film about inspiration, aspiration and the hard facts of life. more

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NIGHT PARROT STORIES

NIGHT PARROT STORIES

2016 (G) 89 min

An ode to a bird lost in the darkness: a wonderfully inventive and engaging exploration by filmmaker Rob Nugent of the science, mythology and rumours surrounding the elusive nocturnal bird, the Night Parrot, that supposedly disappeared In Australia at the end of the 19th Century. more

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OCCUPATION:  NATIVE

OCCUPATION: NATIVE

2017 (PG) 52 min

The Aboriginal story is often buried deep beneath the accepted 247-year Australian historical narrative. It’s not that the Australian story is wrong, it’s just that it’s a wee bit one-sided. Aboriginal filmmaker Trisha Morton-Thomas, bites back at Australian history in this inspired satire. more

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SALTWATER STORY, THE

SALTWATER STORY, THE

2017 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: PG) 55 min

Guided by Indigenous canoemaker Kyle Slabb from the Bundjalung people, a group of young men (both Indigenous and non-Indigenous) build traditional canoes and embark on a 3-day sea voyage re-tracing an ancient trade route from the heart of the Queensland Gold Coast to North Stradbroke Island. more

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SEARCHING FOR INGMAR BERGMAN

SEARCHING FOR INGMAR BERGMAN

2018 (M) 99 min

In this beautifully crafted and moving memoir, Margarethe von Trotta recalls the inspiration she found in the work of Ingmar Bergman: his films triggered her decision to become a director and guided many of her creative decisions over her long career. more

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STILL POINT, THE - Photography of Robert McFarlane

STILL POINT, THE - Photography of Robert McFarlane

2017 (M) 27 min

The Still Point explores the life’s work of one of Australia's most respected and pioneering documentary photographers: for five decades, Robert McFarlane has put a mirror up to the changing face of Australia. more

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TROUBLESOME PRIEST, THE

TROUBLESOME PRIEST, THE

2017 (G) 30 min

The story of Father Rod Bower, an Anglican priest from the central coast of New South Wales, whose provocative church signs go viral through social media around the world. He is committed to the belief that Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers has put the soul of the nation in peril. more

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VACANT POSSESSION

VACANT POSSESSION

1994 (M) 95 min

A welcome re-release of the acclaimed dramatic feature film from 1994, written and directed by Margot Nash (director of The Silences, also available from Ronin). Vacant Possession is a haunting film about personal and public loss, about white ownership and Aboriginal dispossession, and about the difficulty of reconciliation. more

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WE DON'T NEED A MAP

WE DON'T NEED A MAP

2017 (M) 85 min

A bold and provocative essay film by Warwick Thornton about the deeply spiritual meaning of the Southern Cross constellation for Aboriginal people. The film challenges us to consider the place of the Southern Cross in the psyche of all Australians. WINNER! Digital History Prize, NSW Premier's History Awards, 2018. more

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