ACMI & the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) present
You Can Go Now!
Followed by a discussion with artist Richard Bell
50 years of First Nations activism seen through the lens of contemporary artist and provocateur Richard Bell.
You Can Go Now reveals the ‘two Richard Bells’ – ‘Richie’ the provocateur and enfante terrible of the art world who challenges its whiteness, and the Richard who spent his childhood living in a tin shed, learnt his politics on the streets of Redfern and is known in his own community as an activist.
Bell’s polemics and creative outputs provide a lens through which to consider the last 50 years of First Nations activism in Australia and its links to global protest movements.
The documentary weaves archival footage of key moments in the fight for Aboriginal rights in Australia, including the establishment of the Tent Embassy in 1972, with contemporary footage such as Bell crashing the 2019 Venice Biennale in protest of the Australian government.
First Nations Film Club
Watch films from ACMI's collection and beyond, looking back on the trailblazing storytellers and seminal works that have paved the way for First Peoples stories on screen.
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First Nations Stories
Get to the heart of the moving image with stories from First Peoples' perspectives.
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