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Indigenous Spotlight Shorts – 2024

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.

Screening: Fri 26 Jan, 6.30pm | Runtime: 107 mins | Classification: under 15 to be w/adult

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  • 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.
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  • 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.

  • Marlu Man

    They needed a hero. They got… Marlu Man. An Aboriginal man who is pushed to his limits by a racist society creates the gammonest super-hero alter-ego; Marlu Man. Armed with a pouch full of ping pong balls, a polony sandwich (yes polony, not devon), and a thirst for justice, Marlu Man kidnaps online trolls and dishes out punishment in his fortress of solitude, Mum’s shed. Marlu Man, half kangaroo, half pox. All hero.

  • Pressure And Release

    The Kimberley region of Western Australia is a harsh and beautiful place. Devastated by a pattern of tragic suicides among its youth, its natural beauty conceals a community in crisis. Amid the darkness, a glimmer of hope emerges in the form of Nyangumarta woman, Professor Juli Coffin, who determines that to make a difference, she must do something different. Knowing first-hand that horses have incredible power to interface with humans on a profound level, Juli uses her herd of gentle horses to connect with the young people at risk of being left behind by society.

  • 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.
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  • 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

    Tjawina Nampitjinpa Porter is my mother. She has 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 Tjawina’s knowledge and skill comes from a life spanning immense societal change. Thanks to the power of her storytelling and her endless generosity, Tjawina continues to give not just to her families, but to the entire world.
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