Two Laws

Australia, 1981

Film

An innovative film on the Borroloola people’s struggle for the recognition of Aboriginal law. Aborigines actively collaborated with the filmmakers in determining the form of the film which is in four parts. “Police times” is a dramatic re-enactment of white oppression in the 1930’s. “Welfare times” A re-enactment of life under the welfare system of the 1950’s. In “Struggle for our land” Aboriginal attachment to the land is described and the first hearing of the Borroloola land claim is also re-enacted. “Living with two laws” is concerned with the movement back to traditional land and the setting up of cattle out-stations.

Last on display

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Credits

co-director

Carolyn Strachan

Alessandro Cavadini

co-producers/directors

Alessandro Cavadini

Carolyn Strachan

Language

English

Colour

Black and White and Colour

ACMI Identifier

36515

Durations

02:10:00:00

02:13:00:00

Audience classification

Mediatheque - all ages (ACMI classified)

Subject categories

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Land tenure

Documentary

Documentary → Docudrama

Documentary → Documentary films - Australia

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

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - Australia

History → Aboriginal Australians - History

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

16mm film; Master

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

MOV file H264; NFSA Digital Access Copy

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