My survival as an Aboriginal

Australia, 1978

Film

After being forced from their tribal grounds, the Murrowarri were dumped onto a tiny reserve on the fringe of a white town. In this film Essie Coffey, black activist and musician, shows the conflicts of living as an Aboriginal under white domination. This film is part of her effort to make her community proud of their black identity while struggling to survive.

Last on display

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Credits

producer

Alec Morgan

Martha Ansara

producer/director

Essie Coffey

production company

Goodgabah Productions

Language

English

Duration

00:49:05:00

Colour

Colour

ACMI Identifier

34854

Audience classification

Mediatheque - all ages (ACMI classified)

Subject categories

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Civil rights

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Ethnic identity

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - New South Wales

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Reserves

Aboriginal Australia → Race discrimination - Australia

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - Australia

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Aboriginal Australians - Politics and government

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Aboriginal Australians - Social conditions

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Assimilation (Sociology)

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Australia - Social conditions - 20th Century

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Ethnic relations

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Minorities - Australia

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Minorities - Social aspects

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Race discrimination - Australia

Educational & Instructional

Educational & Instructional → Educational films

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

16mm film; Limited Access Print (Section 2)

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

16mm film; Preservation Print (Section 5)

MOV file H264; NFSA Digital Access Copy

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