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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…
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…
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…
Life is a Very Strange Thing - A Vivid Portrait of France Today
Australian filmmakers, Les McLaren and Annie Stiven, arrange to meet an old friend in Paris - Frederic, a former high school rebel, ethnomusicologist, and multinational executive, now returning from decades abroad, to a France that is both familiar and on…
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…
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;…
The Java Spirit - Religious Diversity in Indonesia
The Java Spirit is an exploration of changing attitudes to religion and spirituality in Java, Indonesia. Java is home to a diverse array of spiritual traditions, influenced by all the world religions but building also on its own unique heritage.…
Handmaidens and Battleaxes - The Real Story of Nursing
Throughout history, the perception of nurses has ranged from wise women to witches, sots to ministering angels, handmaidens to battleaxes. The professional role of the nurse has changed dramatically. Originally the nurse held an independent, curative position in healing the…
Harold
In the late 1940s, Harold Blair emerged as one of the most renowned Australian tenors of the concert hall, at a time when very few Aboriginal people could break through the barriers of the repressive Queensland reserve system. Harold takes…
Muriel Matters
In London 1909, an actress from Adelaide made worldwide headlines after taking to the skies under a 25-metre balloon emblazoned with the slogan, 'Votes For Women'. Known as 'that daring Australian girl', Muriel Matters was inspired by playwrights, anarchists and…
One Last Chance - A Nazi War Criminal in Australia
An important and provocative film suitable for Holocaust Studies, One Last Chance was filmed in Lithuania, Israel and Australia. This documentary produced in 2000 explores the Australian government's handling of allegations that a South Australian resident, Antanas Gudelis, was a…
Call Me Mum
Set in the recent past, the AFI award-winning Call Me Mum is a series of interlinked monologues where five characters unravel a complex tale of mothering, race relations and family in Australia. Kate (Catherine McClements) is on a plane taking…
Hope - Survivial and the Search for a Better Life in Australia
Four hundred asylum seekers were pitched into the sea when their people-smuggling boat from Indonesia sank on its way to Australia in 2001. Three hundred and fifty three people drowned. Only seven survivors made it to Australia. Amal Basry was…
Lempad of Bali
A re-release of an acclaimed documentary classic by John Darling - A film about the life and death of the 116-year-old Balinese Master-Artist. In April 1978, in a village situated in the fertile central hills of Bali, the island's greatest…
Ngangkari
The role of Ngangkari, Traditional Healer, still plays a vital role in the health and well-being of the Anungu people of Central Australia. Yet only two Ngangkari are employed in full-time positions. This film introduces these two renowned Ngangkari specialists.…
Night Cries
Digitally restored and now available in high-definition, NIGHT CRIES is the story of a white woman and her adopted Aboriginal daughter in a remote outback station. In part, the film is visual artist Tracey Moffat's response by to Charles Chauvel's…
The Love Market
In the highlands of North Vietnam lies the remote town of Sapa, home to a mosaic of colourful hill tribes. Sapa opened to tourism in the late 1990s, and now roughly 200 hill tribe girls aged 7 - 18 years…
Big Girls Don't Cry
A heart-rending insight into the disease of end-stage renal failure in remote and rural communities. This film is a part of the 'National Indigenous Documentary Fund Series 5'. Other titles in this series are: NGANGKARI, ME AND YOU, THE FOUNDATION…
Butoh: Piercing the Mask
In the early 1960s Butoh dance exploded onto the Japanese stage. The shockwaves ripped the Japanese dance community apart and shattered stereotypical images of the Japanese people. Sexy, violent, humorous and nihilistic, Butoh confronted Japanese society, ridiculing and mocking traditional…