Filmmaker Warwick Thornton investigates our relationship to the Southern Cross, in this fun and thought-provoking ride through Australia's cultural and political landscape. He takes us on a journey through this five-star constellation's astronomical, colonial and Indigenous history to the present day. For Aboriginal people, the meaning of this heavenly body is deeply spiritual. By contrast, the star-adorned Eureka Flag was emblematic of protest and defiance, a quality that caused it to be adopted by activists, and lately, the darker side of Australian nationalism.
Examine racism and Indigenous identity in Australia through the lens of Adam Goodes' very public experience of discrimination.
An exploration of the priceless environment of Roebuck Bay, Western Australia, the traditional lands of the Yawuru people now under threat on many fronts.
The Point celebrates First Nations Fashion, from designers, to artists and accessories, black businesses have been able to thrive throughout the coronavirus pandemic. We explore how artists express culture, identity, and storytelling through their work. Hosted by John Paul Janke and Rachael Hocking.
A documentary following the oldest surviving culture on earth, the Bininj people of the Aboriginal lands of Kakadu, who maintain a traditional life, as they have done so for over 65,000 years.
Cathy Freeman reflects on the importance of her Indigenous identity in her athletics career, and reactions to her decision to celebrate her 1994 Commonwealth Games gold medal win by carrying both the Aboriginal and Australian flags. Discussion questions: Why was carrying the Aboriginal flag as part of Freeman's celebration controversial at the time? How were reactions to Adam Goodes' "war dance" celebration similar or different?
On World Suicide Prevention Day, The Point investigates why suicide rates of our people are four times higher than non-Indigenous Australians. We explore how our communities are coping with isolation and mental health through the coronavirus pandemic. And we hear Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Warung artist Jandamarra Cadd's personal journey. Hosted by John Paul Janke and Rachael Hocking.
The story of Brian and Violet Carter who travelled back to Ardyaloon (One Arm Point on the Dampier Peninsula WA) in the 1970s and established the first school at Middle Beach.
The Point showcases the work of our people protecting biodiversity and Country across the globe. We explore why an Indigenous-led national cultural fire strategy could make a difference to the 2021 bushfire season as we join the Girringun Rangers for a traditional burn in Cardwell. Hosted by John Paul Janke and Rachael Hocking.
Lady Lash is a Kokatha woman with Greek ancestry. Pushing beyond all expectations, she has carved a successful career in the male dominated hip hop industry.
The Point investigates the impacts domestic violence is having in our communities and families as some states enter a second coronavirus lockdown. We explore how the tightening of COVID-19 restrictions has had a traumatic impact on some households and families. Hosted by John Paul Janke and Rachael Hocking.
Principals and teachers incorporate culture and community to help encourage Aboriginal children to stay at school. Learn how this approach, coupled with employing teachers with Aboriginal backgrounds, has also led to greater numbers of Aboriginal students enrolling in university courses and gaining employment after finishing school.
Journalist and presenter Karla Grant sits down with the extraordinary Adam 'Briggs' - rapper, comedy writer, actor and author - to talk about his life, inspirations and how he uses his music as a form of activism. Briggs also speaks about the challenges he faced writing a children's book and speaks about his EP due for release August 2020.
After becoming shipwrecked on the Great Barrier Reef, Cook and his crew encounter the local people. The encounter is at first peaceful but this doesn't last. Steven chats with local Cooktown residents to hear their views and stories about the arrival of Cook in 1768. Mo' Ju explains how she was inspired to write her song about the arrival of Cook and experiences of black people since colonisation.
Alice Skye explains why it is important to her to reclaim the language of her people in a respectful way. She does this through this song but it is only the first time she has used language in her music, why has she been reluctant to use language in the past? Where was Ebenezer mission? What happened there?
Steven Oliver asks the question 'What did you learn about Cook at school?'. Listen to the responses and the lyrics of the song. How do these perspectives challenge the traditional narrative of Australian history taught in schools for years?. How do you feel about people posing the theory that if Cook had not colonised Australia someone else would have?
The Point explores what a truth telling process could look like in Australia as we confront the nation's forgotten history. In the 250th year since Lieutenant Cook's alleged discovery of Australia, we ask how history can be decolonised, and what should be done with the countless number of statues and tributes to the 'crooks' that litter our towns and cities.
Presenter, co-writer and slam poet Steven Oliver takes the audience on an incredible and scenic journey across Australia, from the cliffs of Kurnell to the Torres Strait. As he travels the land interrogating Cook's legacy, he poses the question: in 2020, does Australia have a blurred history of Cook?
He's cheeky, acerbic and always a showman, but there's more to actor, comedian and writer Steven Oliver than meets the eye. Journalist and presenter Karla Grant sits down with the self-described 'sexy' comedian to talk about his life, career, and his film Looky, Looky, Here Comes Cooky, and why he set out to debunk the myth that Cook "discovered" Australia and give a fresh look at the Cook legend from a First Nations' perspective.
In this Point special, Rachael Hocking speaks with Jamie Lowe, the CEO of the National Native Title Council, and Josie Douglas, the executive manager of the Northern Land Council, about how better quality and less crowded housing is necessary to improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. In this in-depth interview, Rachael also explores the need for greater government investment in helping First Nations people realise the 'Australian Dream' of home ownership.
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