Returning to the water, Milika, Botj and Lorrpu find a campsite. Inside the camp they notice evidence of disrespectful occupants. Stealing the camp's boat, the boys work together to catch their first turtle. After eating it, Lorrpu places pieces of shell and bones into the fire. Lorrpu explains it is in respect of the old people. As they walk across country Botj begins singing their song line. Together they embrace their journey and rediscover Yolngu knowledge.
Botj goes to see Darwu, and determine his future. That night, he tells of getting jailed for pretending to be on turtle hunt, the boys laugh. The next day Botj visits his father, finding him drunk and unable to recognise Botj. Lorrpu and Milika plead Botj's case to Darwu. Botj, caught between two worlds, turns to bad habits. Milika and Lorrpu come to an understanding about their own futures. Botj's body is found washed up below the bridge.
The boys set out for Darwin, with only themselves, their memories and their hopes. Lorrpu leads the group, entreating the others to trust him and their cultural knowledge. Back home in north-eastern Arnhem Lab, Matjala reasons with police to give him a chance to find the boys first. Bäru Dirramu (crocodile man) visits Botj, Milika and Lorrpu as they dream.
Lorrpu dreams of his childhood with Botj and Milika; of their hunts together and the time they were initiated. Milika pulls Lorrpu out of his dream. Milika has grown into a great football player and is invited to ceremony by Yolngu elder, Dawu. Botj is collected from jail by his uncle, Matjala, who asks about his absent father. At the game Botj gets into a fight, almost hurting Milika. Jail has changed Botj and the progression of their friendship.
Matjala questions Lorrpu when he arrives at the hospital. Lorrpu sings by Botj's side, waiting to see if he will be okay. Lorrpu finds Milika at the oval to tells him the news, but Milika doesn't care. A love interest between Darwu's granddaughter and Lorrpu develops. The elders remind Milika and Lorrpu of their responsibilities as dirramu (men). Lorrpu devises a plan to help his friend Botj, and Milika comes through in the end.
Botj watches Milika and Lorrpu's ceremony into manhood. Afterwards, he goes to see his estranged mother. The next day, envious of Milika and Lorrpu, Botj pressures them into breaking into the local store. Botj gets into a fight with Lorrpu. Feeling isolated and angry, Botj decides to get high. Memories of Bäru (crocodile) initiation and anxieties about his future flash through his mind and he spins out of control, trashing the Youth Centre.
Through the lens of some of the world's greatest sporting achievers, the program looks at how far Aboriginal Australians have come, and it acknowledges the struggle undertaken so far. As the journey is not over, we share their current concerns and aspirations for the future of their sports as well as their hopes for Indigenous Australians in all walks of life.
NITV's 'Just Us' month presents this powerful documentary about the environmental battle between Papua New Guinea land owners and BHP, the multinational mining, metals and petroleum company, responsible for dumping billions of tonnes of copper waste into their rivers.
New magistrate Terri Oliver's tough love approach is making life hard for the ALS team. While Peter continues to battle an inquiry into his professional conduct, Archie inadvertently resurrects a ghost from Sam's past.
Inspired by Kwaxsistalla, a Kwakwaka'wakw clan chief, the filmmaker embarks upon a cinematic journey contrasting the tree-farms that dominate the landscape surrounding his home on Vancouver Island with an ancient rainforest on the Pacific Coast of Canada.
A feature-length musical documentary film that follows the award-winning Black Arm Band, a gathering of some of Australia's finest Indigenous musicians, as they take to the road with their songs of resistance and freedom.
Now back in the chair, Magistrate Peter Lockhart's standing is under threat when he is discovered helping disgraced elder Harry Pope, and a confrontation with Mick results in a surprising invitation for Drew.
It's festival time in Broome, and what begins as a relaxing weekend quickly spirals out of control. Drew receives an ultimatum; Peter gets more than he bargained for; and there's tragedy for both Archie and Clarry, when one lands in hospital and the other in prison.
My home the Block is an intimate portrait of Aboriginal Elder, Joyce Ingram living in the first inner-city land grant allocated to the Indigenous people that would become a symbol for Indigenous land rights - the infamous Redfern Block. As an elder, Joyce has a strong sense of community and her values and faith fuel a determination to save her people from the drugs, crime and loneliness that inhabit this urban landscape.
Essie Coffey's first film, My Survival as an Aboriginal is now a classic. It introduced us to the life of her family and her community in far northwest New South Wales. Essie's second film returns to her home in Dodge City fifteen years later. There Essie and the A-Team are nominating for the local Shire elections. Intercutting between 1993 and the same people and places of the past as documented in My Survival as an Aboriginal, Essie shows us that some things have changed, but some have stayed the same.
In the final episode of series two, Drew's journey "home" is complete as he walks the land of his ancestors with Mick and the elders. Sam and Louise's wedding doesn't go off without a hitch, but Peter finally has a win at Jalwarra.
We speak with two of the NAISDA Dance College student's mentors, Jasmine Goulash and Raymon Parsons, the latter of whom has been a part of the college for a long time. Presenter and artist Gavi Duncan talks more about his life and his work across many skills and genres. Meet his local art group, including award-winning traditional artist Gary Purchase, and explore the mural of Darkinjung history that artist Megan Cain painted in Kariong with the help of half a dozen trainees.
The New Black is a collection of impressive short films featuring Indigenous stories, authored and crafted by Indigenous people, and told in innovative and compelling ways. In introducing these films, Margaret Pomeranz speaks with Australia's most celebrated Indigenous filmmaker, Warwick Thornton, who wrote, directed and shot Samson & Delilah - winner of the Camera d'OR at the Cannes Film Festival, and Australia's official entry in next year's Academy Awards.
NITV showcases Indigenous funnies with the second series of Express Yourself. Hosted by Sean Choolburra in front of a live studio audience, the six-part series presents some of the best Indigenous comedians from across the country. Each week will also welcome the unique pop, funk and reggae sounds from house band Slip on Stereo.
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As a 15yr old in Walkabout and 33 years later in The Tracker, David Gulpilil is one of the most respected actors of our time. He approached Aboriginal writer and director Darlene Johnson "to show people my life and how I really live it".
The race to save a young girl from abuse is on, but the law, and the predator's ties with the community and court, make the task seemingly impossible. Bella takes the law into her own hands, and Archie and Clarry find themselves on different sides of the fence, leading to violence.
Richard Wanambi is about to go to prison for a long time. He knows what it is like. He has been there before. In the Northern Territory, three-quarters of the people behind bars are Indigenous men. This is an intimate account of one man's journey to jail.
Following on from the award-winning first series, The Circuit returns. City lawyer Drew Ellis' move bush, to tackle the legal system of the remote Kimberley, has helped him turn into a confident black man. But his new sense of belonging comes at a cost, and fitting into his Aboriginal family is not going to be an easy task.
An Aboriginal community of Nyikina/Mangala people from Australia's tropical north-west tell the story of the execution of family members at Mowla Bluff in 1916 by police and local pastoralists. In telling this story, they return to the area where the killings took place to ceremonially put to rest the spirits of the dead.
Directed by Darlene Johnson, Crocodile Dreaming tells the traditional Aboriginal story of a mystical stone which holds the stories and songs of the ancestors. The stone is stolen from its proper location and subsequently causes the death of two children. In order for the natural order to return, the stone must be found and brought back. Filmed over six years in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Crocodile Dreaming uses traditional storytelling together with modern-day special effects. Johnson wanted to emphasise the spiritual, sacred and mystic side of actor David Gulpilil and his story.
Everyday clean and earth-friendly environmental areas are being destroyed for oil and gas mining. Broome is located in the far remote Kimberley region, one of the greatest wilderness environments in Australia. This is where Colin Barnett, Premier of Western Australia, and the multi-billionaire oil and gas company, Woodside, decided to settle the second largest Liquid Natural Gas precinct of the planet. Now Broome citizens and the traditional custodians of the land - the Goolaraboloo - are uniting together to protect what is priceless to them.
Big Name No Blanket tells the extraordinary story of George Rrurrambu, the former lead singer of the pioneering Warumpi Band of the 1980s. George is the charismatic frontman, who combined rock and roll, reggae, pop and traditional culture to spread the message about Indigenous contemporary issues, awakening the Australian consciousness of a third world in its own backyard.
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.
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 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 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.
Beauty and cruelty. Beauty prevails over cruelty. Samson & Delilah writer/director Warwick Thornton, from Alice Springs, provokes and challenges with his conceptual art. Tasmanian artist Julie Gough is intent on finding out truths about the past and conveying them by repurposing colonial objects and natural materials. The 2004 Palm Island riots - and those at Cronulla - inspired Brisbane artist Vernon Ah Kee, as have family photographs taken during a genealogy expedition in the 1930s.
In Australia today between 40-65 percent of Aboriginal adults are functionally illiterate in English. But out in northwest New South Wales moves are afoot to whittle away at this appalling statistic, and give hope to some of the most marginalised people in our country. Using a Cuban method called Yes I Can, a group known as the Literacy for Life Foundation are moving into towns, setting up classrooms, and offering Aboriginal men and women an opportunity to learn to read and write. And it seems there are no shortage of takers. Broadcast by NITV as You Are Here: In My Own Words.