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.
What chance does an Indigenous Australian born today have of one day becoming the leader of our nation? Actor Mark Coles Smith investigates.
Celebrated by audiences at home and abroad, Indigenous artist Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu was one of the most important and acclaimed voices to ever come out of Australia. Blind from birth, he found purpose and meaning through songs and music inspired by his community and country on Elcho Island in far north-east Arnhem Land. Living a traditional Yolngu life, his breakthrough album Gurrumul brought him to a crossroads as audiences and artists around the world began to embrace his music.
The rate of Indigenous child removal has increased at an exponential rate since then-prime minister Kevin Rudd delivered the apology to the Stolen Generations in 2008. In After the Apology, four Aboriginal grandmothers challenge government policies to bring their grandchildren home. Their grassroots actions spearhead a national movement to curb the skyrocketing rates of child removal.
A moving and powerful portrait of a young woman trapped in a cycle of violence, hopelessness and despair. She meets a mystery mentor who could change everything.
In 2010, the Collard family from WA's wheat belt embarked on legal action against the government of Western Australia in the state's first stolen generation compensation claim case.
Dean, a gay Aboriginal male, is banished from home by his father but goes on to become a celebrated cabaret performer as Dee the Performer. In between the conflict is Dean's mother, who feels torn between her husband and son.
Based on the lives of Monty and Paul Pryor, from the cops and the crocs of '60s Palm Island to blood-spattered dance floors of '70s Melbourne nightclubs, we get a rare perspective on a tumultuous era in Australia's history.
From the remote Australian desert to the opulence of Buckingham Palace, this is the iconic story of the Namatjira family, tracing their quest for justice.
In July 1998, Lois was hitchhiking on the side of the road in Nimbin, north NSW. A witness saw Lois get into a white car and after that she was never seen alive again. Police believe that she was held captive and kept alive for around 10 days, during which time she was tortured and sexually abused before being killed. Six months later, bush hikers stumble across Lois's skeletal remains.
This hard-hitting documentary takes you to the Northern Territory to investigate the confronting case of Zak Grieve, a 19-year-old man jailed for 20 years for a murder even the judge accepts he did not commit. Investigative reporter Dan Box spent weeks in the Top End town of Katherine investigating the killing and the events that led to Zak Grieve being jailed, despite evidence he was not there when the crime took place. Dan and his team conducted exclusive interviews with many of the people involved, including the judge who sent Grieve to jail, and obtained rare access to crime scene footage, forensic photographs, police interviews with suspects and trial recordings from the case. The program raises questions about the criminal justice system itself. How could this apparent injustice have happened? Is it time for the mandatory sentencing laws that led to Grieve's incarceration to finally be revoked?
Fuzzy tries to help Cat settle into her new home, but a moody, teenage ghost has other plans.
In 2003, in the remote Queensland/NSW border town of Goondiwindi, 43-year-old Aboriginal grandmother Theresa Binge went missing. Twelve days later, her badly beaten body was found dumped in a concrete culvert outside of town. Despite strong leads, the investigation failed to find her killer. Fifteen years on, Theresa's family are still desperately seeking answers. We retrace Theresa's last steps, find new leads and speak with authorities.
Walkley Award nominee Allan Clarke looks into the injustice many Indigenous Australians face when it comes to unsolved homicides. Allan investigates the 1988 death of Aboriginal teenager Mark Haines.
In the shadow of a De Beers mine, the remote community of Attawapiskat lurches from crisis to crisis, while facing mounting environmental issues and an inability to benefit from resource revenue.
This documentary reconstructs the life of buffalo hunters in the remote wetlands of the Northern Territory in the 1930s, the white hunters and the Aboriginal labour that supported their operations.
A journey of discovery as the filmmaker unravels the mystery surrounding his grand-pop, Aboriginal boxer and vaudevillian, known as the 'Black Panther'.
British filmmaker John Goldschmidt joined with author Frank Hardy to tell the story of the Gurindji people's struggle to reclaim their ancestral homelands after the walk off at Wave Hill.
This controversial documentary film draws on filmmaker John Pilger's long association with Indigenous Australians; an investigation into Australia's colonial past and wealthy present, setting out to break the stereotypes of the first people of Australia. This film is both a personal journey for Pilger and a universal story of power and resistance, of how modern societies can be divided between those who conform and the dystopian world of those who do not.
Richard Flanagan journeys with presenter Alan Yentob through his native Tasmania, visiting the places that have inspired his novels, and on to Thailand, to see first-hand the site of the Death Railway.
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