Black man's houses (A)

Australia, 1992

Film
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More than a hundred years after the Tasmanian Aborigines were declared extinct, their descendants set out to reclaim the lost graves of their ancestors on Flinders Island in Bass Strait. The neglected burial site at Wybalenna was, in the 1830’s, Australia’s first segregated Reserve, under the directorship of George Augustus Robinson and is now the battleground which divides a community. The film raises difficult questions about what constitutes Aboriginality today, and how colonial attitudes still linger on. Winner Best Australian Film at the Melbourne Film Festival.

Credits

director

Steve Thomas

co-producer

Steve Thomas

John Moore

production company

Australian Film Commission

Steve Thomas

Open Channel Productions

Language

English

Duration

00:58:00:00

Colour

Colour

ACMI Identifier

38103

Audience classification

G

Subject categories

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Ethnic identity

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Reserves

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Tasmania

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - Australia

History → History

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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