Loosely based on the filmmaker’s personal experience, “Terra Nullius” is an impressionistic account of an eight year old Koori girl, Alice, growing up in a white adoptive family which denies her Aboriginality. The film examines how unacknowledged shame and fear passes from one generation to the next, from one culture to another. The last scene depicts a silent meeting between the young Alice and the adult Alice. In order to reclaim her life, Alice decides she must confront the pain and confusion of her childhood.
Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Adoption
Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Children
Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Ethnic identity
Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Removal
Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Child abuse
Short films → Short films - Australia
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