'Our Generation' - Documentary details, screenings and trailer

OUR GENERATIONOur Generation Film
THE FILM

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EAST COAST PUBLIC SCREENINGS - 2010

This project started out in June 2007, in response to the Howard Government’s controversial ‘Emergency Intervention’ into Aboriginal communities in Australia’s remote Northern Territory. All in the name of ‘protecting children’, the Intervention took away all existing Aboriginal land rights, suspended the Racial Discrimination Act and placed over 70 communities under compulsory government control. Subsequent government measures have had little to do with directly improving the wellbeing of children, but instead have disempowered traditional owners, opened up access to valuable Aboriginal land, and sought to forcibly assimilate Aboriginal culture.

No Aboriginal people living in these communities have had any say in these decisions being made about their lives, their lands and their future. And mainstream media has ignored their voices, and their plight.

In February 2008, the Labor government made a much-publicised National Apology for previous injustices wrought upon the Australia’s First Peoples. Since then, however, it has continued to undermine their human and cultural rights; in particular their rights to have proper access to basic services, to maintain their own languages, to be involved in the decisions that affect them, and to remain living on their ancestral homelands.

On 13th March 2009, the United Nations Committee on Human Rights declared that Australian Government policy was in breach of international law. Following such international shame, the Australian Government quickly endorsed the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, only to continue to breach many of its articles in subsequent policies.

The film has developed into a powerful journey into Australia’s indigenous relations, from colonisation until the present day. It looks at Australia’s ongoing policies of paternalism and assimilation, explains the real issues underlying Indigenous disadvantage in this “lucky” country, and upholds the right of First Australians to dignity, culture and empowerment in their own country.

Featuring the voices of youth, men, women and elders from remote communities in the Northern Territory, Aboriginal leaders and personalities from across the country, as well as academics, lawyers and international activists, the film opens the way for dialogue on how Australia can move forward with genuine respect and partnership with its First Peoples. Into a future where solutions come from working together, rather than being dictated from Parliament thousands of kilometres away.

A movement is building across the country to stand up for what is right for the oldest living culture on Earth.

This film is at the heart of that movement.

THE FILM MAKERS

Sinem Saban: Writer, Producer, Director. Sinem has had a lifelong passion for Aboriginal rights. With a degree in Media, Legal and Aboriginal Studies, she has been working in Aboriginal communities in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, for the last 10 years, as a teacher and human rights activist. Previous filmmaking includes the documentary “I Know I’m Not Alone” (Dir. Michael Franti, 2006) on the human costs of war in Iraq, Palestine and Israel. She also co-wrote and directed the first feature length film made by an Australian school, entitled “Premonition” (2003).

Damien Curtis: Writer, Producer. Damien has been working for the last 10 years in empowering tribal peoples to protect their culture and ancestral lands. His previous experiences include working with indigenous communities in the rainforests of Guyana, the Colombian Amazon and in various parts of Africa, with the Gaia Foundation, UNESCO and others. With degrees in Anthropology and Environment & Development, he is committed to strengthening cultural diversity as the foundation for human and environmental wellbeing.


OUR GENERATION PUBLIC SCREENINGS

After a highly successful Top End and West Australian Tour, with special guests such as John Butler and Prof. Patrick Dodson, we can finally announce the dates of the Rolling Thunder East Coast Tour of OUR GENERATION.

Jeff McMullen AM (former ABC foreign correspondent and 60 Minutes reporter) will be hosting the Q&A discussions after the film.

'This is a very important film that everyone must see ... It will change your life' - John Butler

East Coast Screenings - 2010

MELBOURNE:
CAPITOL THEATRE
113 Swanston Street
Presented by the filmmakers & Jeff McMullen, Rev. Dr. Djiniyini Gondarra & Djanumbe Gurruwiwi from N.E Arnhem Land
Live music by Shane Howard and Shellie Morris
Tickets: $25 / $15 concession
To reserve, emailtickets@ourgeneration.org.au

Monday 25th October, 2010
CANBERRA:
JAMES O'FAIRFAX THEATRE, NATIONAL GALLERY OF AUSTRALIA,
Parkes Place
Presented by the filmmakers & Jeff McMullen, Rev. Dr. Djiniyini Gondarra & Djanumbe Gurruwiwi from N.E Arnhem Land
Live music by Archie Roach (TBA),
Tickets: $25 / $15 concession
To reserve, emailtickets@ourgeneration.org.au

Tuesday 26th October, 2010
ADELAIDE:
CAPRI THEATRE, 141 Goodwood Rd
Presented by the filmmakers & Jeff McMullen
Rev. Dr. Djiniyini Gondarra & Djanumbe Gurruwiwi from N.E Arnhem Land, Rosalie Kunoth-Monks from Utopia
Central Australia Live music by surprise special guest (TBA)
Tickets: $25 / $15 concession
To reserve, emailtickets@ourgeneration.org.au

Friday 29th October, 2010
SYDNEY:
CHAUVEL THEATRE
Cnr Oxford St and Oatley Rd, Paddington
Presented by the filmmakers & Jeff McMullen, Rev. Dr. Djiniyini Gondarra & Djanumbe Gurruwiwi from N.E Arnhem Land, Rosalie Kunoth-Monks from Utopia Central Australia
Live music by surprise special guest (TBA)
Tickets: $25 / $15 concession
To reserve, emailtickets@ourgeneration.org.au

Monday 1st November, 2010
BRISBANE:
SCHONELL THEATRE - UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND
Union Rd, St Lucia
Presented by the filmmakers & Jeff McMullen
Live music by surprise special guest (TBA)
Tickets: $25 / $15 concession
To reserve, emailtickets@ourgeneration.org.au