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Byron Arakwal NAIDOC Week Indigenous Spotlight Shorts – 2024

The Arakwal Bundjalung people of Byron Bay, Flickerfest & iQ Inc are thrilled to present an inspiring evening of First Nations storytelling celebrating NAIDOC Week 2024 and this years theme ‘Keep The Fire Burning! Blak, Loud And Proud’.

In celebration of screening an incredible collection of some of our country’s most creative Indigenous talent, both behind and in front of the camera.

Download: 17th Byron Arakwal NAIDOC Week Indigenous Spotlight Shorts programme.pdf
View: 17th Byron Arakwal NAIDOC Week Indigenous Spotlight Shorts sizzle reel


Screening: On tour | Runtime: 98 mins | Classification: under 15 to be w/adult

  • Ngurrawaana

    Yindjibarndi man Wimiya Woodley takes us on an immersive journey of self-discovery back to his homelands. Originally established by his grandfather Woodley King, Ngurrawaana was set up as a place of rejuvenation and recovery for Yindjibarndi people who had lost their way. Wimiya shows us how being back in his country helps his people find their spirit and power amongst their ancestors.

  • To Be Silent

    Noongar and Spinifex Aboriginal woman Tace Stevens explores the impact of code-switching on her identity, before revealing what led her to embrace the power of standing firm in who she is, no matter where she is.

  • Just Beneath The Surface

    On a fishing trip, a man struggles with a strange and menacing ocean. Will he fight against nature’s forces, or submit to its power?
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  • Allira

    A famous Aboriginal actress must make a decision. Leave her unfaithful husband or stay with him and maintain their rare position as positive representatives of Aboriginal people in the mainstream media.

  • Djalbuyan Nahra

    Djalbuyan, meaning little sister in the first nations Dyirbal language follows the story of Nahra. Taken from her community, Nahra returns home to confront past traumas and reconnect with her people, land, and waters after 8 years away.
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  • Baban Darrang (Mother Tree)

    Baban darrang celebrates the journey of Wurundjeri-willam / Dja Dja wurrung / Ngurai illum wurrung woman Mandy Nicholson, exploring the ways we embody, grow, nurture, and transmit knowledge and culture over time. And how we do this both on an individual and community level through honoring our Ancestors. Baban Darrang reflects on Mandy’s journey of seeking out and connecting with knowledge throughout her life. In striving to revive culture and language, Mandy has evolved to become a powerful knowledge-holder, standing tall and grounded in the strength she has gained through connecting with Country and Ancestors.

  • Tjawinaku Tjukurrpa

    Mrs Porter lived her life in a desert country, a world away from the cities of Australia. It’s an arid land – a beautiful land – a network of water sources that are ours. The richness of Mrs Porter’s knowledge and skill comes from a life spanning immense societal change. Thanks to the power of her storytelling and her endless generosity, Mrs Porter continues to give not just to her families, but to the entire world.

  • Duwarra Wujara

    In the time of the Dreaming, the Australian Aboriginal period of creation, two young cousins become Duwarra Wujara, newly initiated young men in the clans of their people. Frustrated and impatient, these two cousins abandon their duties in search of adventure… and mischief. .

  • Coming Home

    Witness the resilient community of Cabbage Tree Island visiting their home for the first time since being displaced during the catastrophic floods of 2022. It’s so moving to see children, parents, teachers, and elders come together to express their deep yearning to reclaim their roots on Cabbage Tree Island. Now relocated, yet steadfast in their longing to return home.