In 2013, artist Bibi Barba decided to do an online search of her artworks. She discovered that two of her artworks had been replicated in a Polish hotel without her permission. Her designs were used on bar tops, wall panelling and furniture, still in the same colours. Bibi has threatened copyright infringement but the hotel has denied it. Karla Grant sits down with Bibi to talk about her life, her art, and her struggle to prove the copyright infringement of her work five years on.
Nearly $2 billion has been spent on Indigenous housing in the NT over the past eight years but in many areas conditions are still appalling. Jane Bardon looks at what went wrong and what may fix the problems.
The emergence of new technologies is changing the media landscape. Minority groups who have traditionally struggled for air and balance in mainstream media platforms are finding new and innovative ways to tell their stories and give their perspectives. From Facebook to film and television, the new media makers aren't waiting for anyone to consider their stories worthy.
My Survival as an Aboriginal delves beneath surface appearances to reveal a strong resistance to assimilation and loss of identity, as the late Essie Coffey, a Muruwarri woman, takes us into the Aboriginal struggle for survival.
A story about us, our language, our faith and our culture. In small communities across north-east Arnhem Land there's a team of learned Yolngu working tirelessly over generations to keep culture strong.
He's been a world champion boxer and former rugby league player. Now he's a mental health campaigner who's out to defy the enemy within. Karla Grant sits down with Wiradjuri man Joe Williams to talk about his success and achievements as a gifted athlete, and his battles with addiction and severe mental illness. In this candid interview, Joe shares his harrowing journey which has now been documented in his autobiography titled Defying The Enemy Within.
Award-winning journalist and Awaken host Stan Grant kicks off the new series with an Awaken Special - Identity. Filmed in front of a studio audience at the Sydney Opera House, Stan welcomes a guest panel to explore the emotive and at times divisive debate surrounding the question of Indigenous Identity.
The Shadow Trackers venture to the Kimberly to Bunuba country and the township of Fitzroy Crossing. A small population of about 1,000 people, this community challenges the duo to examine the legend of the Devil Highway – a short stretch of road that is a popular thoroughfare in the daylight which becomes a deserted section of bitumen once the sun goes down. Only the thrill seekers and brave dare to use this eerie track in the dark. Traditional Owners and local guide Ningali Lawford share their experiences of the Devil Highway, testing the boys’ beliefs and bravery. On nightfall, Zac and Hunter take on the challenge to walk the Devil Highway themselves.
The program ventures to Yam Island, the home of Australia's first Torres Strait Islander MP, Cynthia Lui, to find out how a shy young girl from one of the country's most remote communities became a state political leader.
Australia's Indigenous nations are as diverse as they are many but when it comes to education everyone is expected to fit into one model. If we're really serious about improving educational outcomes is it time to look at more flexibility in the schooling systems.
At the time of colonisation Australia was home to more than 750 thousand people, that number dropped to less than 100 thousand by 1900. Nations, laws and languages were overridden and sometimes lost completely, children were removed for assimilation and sadly much of that cultural erosion still continues today. We refer to this as colonisation, but should we really be talking about Genocide.
Hosted by acclaimed television journalist Jeff McMullen the forum hears from Aboriginal people affected by the Stronger Futures legislation in the Top End, specifically Arnhem Land where it is proposed to extend the Northern Territory’s Intervention for another 10 years
Some of the longest and most high profile court cases involving Aboriginal Land have revolved around Uranium and its associated products. AWAKEN host Stan Grant will examine the strained relationship between Traditional Owners and the Nuclear Industry in a one hour forum to explore the past, the present and the future of Uranium Mining, Waste Disposal and Nuclear Technology in Australia.
In 1965 Charles Perkins led a group of students from Sydney University on journey known as the Freedom Rides. Awaken is filmed on location at Sydney University on the 50th anniversary of this event to ask what freedom means during a time where Indigenous Australia is facing forced community closures and 500 million dollars of cuts to government services.
NAIDOC 2018 celebrates the invaluable contributions Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made and continue to make to our communities, our families and our history with the theme: Because of Her We Can. While their role in society has often been invisible, unsung or diminished, reporter Nakari Thorpe travelled back to her birthplace in Victoria to ensure the story of the women who inspired her is remembered.
Dean Gibson is man on a mission. A talented film and documentary maker with a body of work going back more than 10 years. With a background in writing, directing, editing and producing, Dean has made it his mission to tell important stories for Australia's First Nation's peoples. Karla Grant sits down with the filmmaker to talk about his life, career and his documentary, Wik vs Queensland.
Explore depictions of Australia and it's culture through a special collection of films representing life Down Under with a range of selected content for all ages. (VCHHK072, VCHHK076, VCHHK073, VCHHC097, VCHHC098, VCHHC100)
Australia as a nation moves from colonial Australia to the development of Australia as a nation. Explore the factors leading to Federation and experiences of democracy and citizenship. (VCHHK072, VCHHK076, VCHHK073)
Dive into the Great Barrier Reef with Attenborough, explore Kakadu's Mountford rock art, peek inside the micro-worlds of the Galapagos, and be awed by the Great Wall of China when exploring the world's heritage sites.