Black man's houses

Australia, 1992

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More than a hundred years after the First Nations peoples of Tasmania were declared “extinct” by white historians, local 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 a battleground that divides a community. The film explores the survival and recognition of cultural identities, in the context of a colonialist settler society. Winner Best Australian Film at the Melbourne Film Festival.

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