David Ngoombujarra standing on a plain silhouetted against a sunset in 'No Way To Forget' (1996)
No Way to Forget (Golden Seahorse Productions, 1996)

ACMI presents

No Way to Forget

with special guests Richard Frankland and Dean Gibson

Australia | 1996 | M

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Tues 7 Sep 2021

6pm (AEST)

This month, we'll explore the role of Aboriginal filmmakers in calling for changes to Australia's criminal justice system. We will screen No Way To Forget (1996) and chat to the film's Director Richard Frankland, alongside Director of the newly released Incarceration Nation (2021), Dean Gibson.

Thirty years ago the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody was handed down to the Australian government, and since then a pervading apathy has plagued state and territory governments and their policing regimes when acknowledging and adopting the 339 recommendations. This apathy is evident in the statistics that show a rising number of Aboriginal incarceration rates in Australia since the tabling of the Royal Commission. In April of this year The Guardian counted 474 Aboriginal deaths in custody in the last 30 years. Since The Guardian's report, the numbers have continued to climb.

Aboriginal Peoples and Aboriginal organisations, and increasing numbers of concerned human rights organisations and non-Aboriginal allies, have continued to call out the Australian governments' inability to implement the royal commission's recommendations. Aboriginal filmmakers have been a welcome and inspiring part of the push for change too.

Our September film club will explore the role of Aboriginal filmmakers in calling for necessary changes in Australia's criminal justice system. We'll screen Gunditjmara man Richard Frankland's short film No Way To Forget (1996) before yarning to Uncle Richard about his film. We'll also talk to Dean Gibson, Director of Incarceration Nation (2021), a searing documentary that reasserts the call for changes to Australia's criminal justice system and its human rights-violating treatment of Aboriginal Peoples.

Our Film Club acknowledges that the content of these films may be triggering. Please note that there is a content warning for police brutality, deaths in custody, incarceration, suicide, self-harm and sexual assault. A counsellor from YARNING SAFENSTRONG will be present throughout the session if anyone needs to chat. We will provide information about how to get in contact with Yarning SafeNStrong after the session too.

We encourage our mob to contact the following services for assistance:

Victorian Aboriginal Health Service: (03) 9419 3000
Lifeline: 13 11 14 or chat online

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Format: Digital
Language: English
Runtime: 120 minutes




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Where and How

This month's session will run online on Zoom.

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About our host

Bryan Andy

Bryan Andy is a Yorta Yorta man from Cummeragunja, NSW. He is a freelance writer, arts advocate and the current convenor of OutBlack – Victoria's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and Queer mob.

Bryan Andy

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