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 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.
Men punished for waving to their wives, streets reserved for white people only, and a bell to dictate roll calls and curfew; it has the hallmarks of American slavery, but this was the reality for one Australian community in the mid-20th-century. The year 2018 marks 100 years since Palm Island was established as one of Australia's harshest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander settlements. In its centenary year, how has the community coped with its brutal past? And what do the next hundred years look like?
Acclaimed contemporary Australian artist Tony Albert's work has at times harboured a strong reaction as he tackles and attempts to break down Indigenous issues, historical truths and stereotypes. Karla Grant sits down with Albert to discuss art, Indigenous affairs, his life and artistic motivation, and how urban graffiti and street art is providing an artistic outlet for Indigenous Australians.
It has been 10 years since Kevin Rudd made his famous speech on February 13, 2008, in the federal Parliament when he formally apologised to Indigenous Australians for the forced removal of children from their families, also known as the Stolen Generations. It was a historic moment in the nation's history and a moment that Indigenous Australians had been waiting on for many years. Karla Grant sits down with the former Australian prime minister as he reflects on his life, time in office, the apology, the current state of Indigenous affairs, and what needs to be done to see real improvements in the lives of our First Nations people.
Noel Pearson is a lawyer, academic, land rights activist and founder of the Cape York Land Council and Cape York Institute for policy and leadership. Widely known for his strong views on Indigenous policy, Noel has always advocated for a shift in direction when it comes to welfare reform, substance abuse, child protection, education and economic development. Karla Grant chats with Noel about Indigenous policy, the Uluru Statement and the documentary Wik vs Queensland, in which he appears.
Homelessness is something that affects many Australians, and Indigenous Australians are over represented in the homeless population with over 26,000 experiencing homelessness. In this special, Karla Grant sits down with actor, musician and writer Uncle Jack Charles to talk about his time living on the streets and how he overcame hardship to become one of our most respected actors.
Karla Grant sits down with award-winning director Erica Glynn to discuss her documentary film In My Own Words and why she made a film that follows adult Indigenous Australians learning to read and write for the first time. Glynn also reveals the challenges involved in telling an often heartfelt and meticulous story and her drive to keep it as real and uplifting as possible.
Karla Grant sits down with acclaimed director Warwick Thornton to discuss his documentary film We Don't Need A Map and what inspired him to create a film that raises the question over whether the Southern Cross has the potential to become a racist symbol. Thornton also reveals what drove him to want to become a film director and about his passion for film making and storytelling.
Karla Grant sits down with filmmaker Tyson Mowarin to discuss his documentary Connection to Country and what motivated him to document the battle faced by traditional owners from the Pilbara as they fight to save their cultural heritage from being consumed by the mining industry.
What does it mean to be young and black in 2017? Join journalist Laura Murphy-Oates and four prominent Australians as they unpack the uncomfortable truths of being an Indigenous millennial. Young and Black asks personal and taboo questions about identity, racism, sex and everything in between. From talking kissing cousins and stereotypes with comedian Nakkiah Lui, to the shit sandwiches of life as an aspiring Liberal politician, and a sister's struggle to save her brother from the hell of Don Dale. Fifty years after the birth of the reconciliation movement, this generation of Indigenous youth were supposed to inherit a very different Australia - but what has changed, and what's still the same?
Alternative musician Dan Sultan has had a varied and successful music career: touring Indigenous communities; recording an album in country music capital, Nashville; trying his hand at acting; and cleaning up at various music awards ceremonies. In this candid interview with Karla Grant, Sultan talks about the landmark moments in his music career, his identity and formative years, family, musical inspirations and his latest studio album, Killer.
At 25, Hunter Page-Lochard has already had a stellar career. Best known for the role of Koen West in the science-fiction drama Cleverman, Hunter has also starred in Wentworth and has appeared in the films The Sapphires and Bran Nue Dae. Karla Grant sits down to chat with Hunter about his life and career, how he gets his inspiration for his roles, and what's coming up next for this very talented young actor.
Singer, songwriter and actress Jessica Mauboy is one of Australia's most successful recording artists. Living Black host Karla Grant sat down with the ARIA award-winning artist to discuss everything from her childhood growing up in Darwin and finding the courage within to start performing from a young age, her musical influences, importance of being connected to her Indigenous culture and her rise from Australian idol contestant to star of stage and screen.
Australia's oldest human has finally been returned home after spending more than 40 years at Canberra's National Museum of Australia. A crowdfunding effort by Indigenous leaders from across the nation, the Melbourne community and the archaeologist who discovered the remains of Mungo Man made this possible with a return to country event held at the Victorian town of Mildura in November 2017. Living Black reporter Nakari Thorpe was there for this historic event.
In June 2007, the Howard government ordered the Northern Territory National Emergency Response also known as the NT Intervention. It included a range of measures introduced to address allegations of child sexual abuse and social dysfunction in NT Aboriginal communities. The catalyst for the policy was the release of the NT government's Little Children are Sacred Report. Ten years on, reporter Elliana Lawford travelled to the small Aboriginal community of Mutitjulu, just one of the 70 communities impacted by the intervention, where she spoke with members of the community to find out how the intervention affected their lives, what has changed and what their hopes are for the future.
Stevie Salas has played with some of the biggest names in the music industry. The Native American musician is not only rated as one of the top 50 guitarists in the world, but he's also a television host, music director, record producer, film composer, writer, director and film producer. His film Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World screened at the 2017 Sydney Film Festival to rave reviews and received a prestigious Special Jury Award for World Cinema Documentary at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. The film traces the Native American influence on North American music. Host Karla Grant sits down with Salas to discuss all things music, his rise from the small Californian town of Oceanside to becoming lead guitarist with Rod Stewart on his 1988 world tour, and playing alongside Mick Jagger.
Stevie Salas has played with some of the biggest names in the music industry. The Native American musician is not only rated as one of the top 50 guitarists in the world, but he's also a television host, music director, record producer, film composer, writer, director and film producer. His new film Rumble - The Indians Who Rocked the World screened at the 2017 Sydney Film Festival to rave reviews and received a prestigious Special Jury Award for World Cinema Documentary at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. The film traces the Native American influence on North American music. Host Karla Grant sits down with Salas to discuss all things music and his rise from the small Californian town of Oceanside to becoming lead guitarist with Rod Stewart on his 1988 world tour and playing with Mick Jagger.
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.