A Little life

Australia, 1988

Film
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This program explores the life and death of a 19 year old Aboriginal youth who was shot while trying to escape from Canning Vale Remand centre in Perth. His death is one of 35 in Western Australia investigated by the Muirhead Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. These facts alone cannot tell the story of Ricci Vicenti whose creativity, humour and sheer zest for life impressed everyone with whom he came in contact. This narrative documentary poses many questions about Australian society, its laws, its sense of justice, cross cultural attitudes and the experiences of Aboriginal people with the law. Ricci’s story is told by his mother and foster mother and juxtaposed with the news coverage of the time. A moving exploration of a rich but short life.

Credits

production company

Vicious Circle Productions

producer/director

Deborah Howlett

Duration

00:52:00:00

Production places
Australia
Production dates
1988

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

324648

Language

English

Subject categories

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Youth

Aboriginal Australia → Racism - Australia

Crime, Espionage, Justice, Police & Prisons → Aboriginal Australian prisoners - Death

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - Australia

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

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

Short films

Short films → Short films - Australia

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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