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Stolen Generations
Between 1910 and 1970 in Australia, 1 in 3 children were removed from Aboriginal families and placed in institutions and foster homes. These children, in most cases, were never to see their family again. The film tells 3 stories of…
Yolngu Boy
Lorrpu, Botj and Milika are three Yolngu (Aboriginal) teenagers who once shared a childhood dream of becoming great hunters together. But as teenagers they changed: Botj did bad things which landed him in jail one time, and Milika is more…
Night Parrot Stories - A Mysterious Australian Bird
In the remote deserts of Australia lives an elusive nocturnal bird called the Night Parrot. Virtually nothing is known of its ecology as it's disappeared at the end of the 19th Century. Searching for evidence of its existence became a…
Bach in Auschwitz
The Auschwitz Orchestra had over 40 members, all Jewish women, all escaping death in the gas chambers because of their musical ability. All were deeply traumatised, and five decades later recall their experiences. The leader of the orchestra was Alma…
Border Politics - Examining the Treatment of Refugees Across the Globe
This documentary follows human rights barrister Julian Burnside as he traverses the globe examining the harsh treatment of refugees by most Western democracies. This contemporary story is about the threat to human rights, the loss of democratic values and our…
Another Country - The Yolngu People
"No one from any government has ever known our language. ... How can they know us?" - David Gulpilil Another Country is a documentary which considers, from the inside, the ramifications of one culture being dominated by another. At the…
The Last Tasmanian
The Tasmanians were a distinct people, isolated from Australia and the rest of the world for 12,000 years. In 1803, British colonisation began and in 1876, Truganini died. She was the last full-blood and tribal Tasmanian Aboriginal. Within her one…
Creating a Monster - An Examination of Reality Television
This documentary explores how reality television is constructed and consumed, and the psychological impact it has on participants. It examines how the characters of people on reality television are simplified to serve the show's needs and narratives. Further, it questions…
Random 8
A blend of fiction and historical evidence, Random 8 explores issues raised by several famous psychological experiments, including the work of Stanley Milgram at Yale University in the 1960s who studied human obedience to orders, even when the orders were…
Crocodile Dreaming
CROCODILE DREAMING is a modern day supernatural myth about two estranged brothers, played by iconic Indigenous actors DAVID GULPILIL and TOM LEWIS. Separated at birth, they have different fathers. One is readily accepted as a fully-fledged member of the tribe…
Occupation: Native - Biting Back at Australian History
The Aboriginal story has been buried deep beneath the 247-year-old accepted Australian narrative. In OCCUPATION: NATIVE, Aboriginal filmmaker Trisha Morton-Thomas, bites back at Australian history. Captain James Cook, a hero to most Australians but a thief to Aboriginal people, stole…
Why Me? - Stolen Generations
This documentary is one of the most compelling films on this subject that we have yet seen. We are confident that it will become a landmark film in the fullness of time. Much of its power comes from its beautifully…
Aya
The film begins in the 1950s: life is back to normal for most Australians, but for Aya (Eri Ishida) the conflict is just beginning. She has risked everything by marrying Frank (Nicholas Eadie), an Australian soldier on duty with the…
Blackbird
This short drama sheds light on a little known part of history - Australia's sugar slaves. Set in the late 1800s, it follows the story of Solomon Islander siblings, Kiko and Rosa, who were kidnapped from their Pacific island home…
Freedom Stories
Freedom Stories is an exploration by filmmaker Steve Thomas of the achievements and struggles of former 'boat people'. Now Australian citizens, they arrived seeking asylum from the Middle-East around 2001 - a watershed year in Australian politics sparked by the…
Crossing The Line
CROSSING THE LINE follows the journeys of two young medical students, Amy and Paul, who leave their safe middle class homes and university behind to be thrust into the harsh reality of everyday life on Mornington Island. Like most Australians,…
Wedding Sari Showdown
Strong willed, educated and forthright Indian-Australian Ramona was 27 when she fell head-over-heels in love with Anurag, the eldest son of one of Rajasthan's wealthiest merchant families. When she decided to marry him secretly at a Melbourne Registry Office, neither…
The Horses of Fukushima - Matsuri No Uma
No one could have ever imagined the absurd fate awaiting Mirror's Quest and the other horses of Fukushima: almost dying in the tsunami; exposed to radiation inside the 20km exclusion zone surrounding the nuclear meltdown; left for weeks without fodder;…
Mary
Excommunication in the 19th century, sainthood in the 20th. Mary MacKillop is one of Australia's unsung heroes. Despite excommunication and exile, Mary remained determined to bring education to the poor and underprivileged. In January 1995 Mary was beatified by Pope…
Family Foibles - Kim and Harley and The Kids
Family Foibles is a series of five half-hour documentaries that examine contemporary Australian families. Each story revolves around a family confronting a problem. These range from the relatively benign issue of omission in the telling of a family history to…