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"This is Our Country Too"

First public screening in Australia of "This is Our Country Too" Director/Producer: Ishmahil Blagrove, Jr. Edited by: Catherine Arend With guest speakers: Walter Shaw, from Mt Nancy town Camp in Alice Springs Shane Phillips, Redfern community leader $10/5 (suggested donation)

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Aug 13, 2008
from 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM


Teachers' Federation Auditorium 37 Reservoir St, Surry Hills

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Duration: 59 minutes
Presented by Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney

A powerful exposé of Australia's hidden apartheid.
From the makers of With or Without Fidel, Blood Diamonds and Bang Bang In Da Manor comes a brave new documentary that delves beyond Australia's reputation of sun, surf and sand to reveal a nation ruptured by a deep racial divide and contested history. Taking the controversial 2007 Northern Territory Intervention as its starting point, This is Our Country Too is a hard-hitting investigation into Australia's woeful treatment of indigenous peoples, and a rare depiction of their unrelenting struggle for justice, equality and self-determination.

Featuring interviews with prominent Aboriginal leaders, Pat Turner, niece of 'Australia'a Mandela,' Charlie Perkins, Pat Dodson, spearhead of the reconciliation movement, actor/artist David Gulpilil and Jenny Macklin, Minister of Indigenous Affairs, This is Our Country Too puts the world's focus on Australia's indigenous people's forgotten plight and advances the question: How will Australia reconcile with indigenous people?

This preview screening will be accompanied by speeches and Q+A with Walter Shaw, a young Aboriginal activist from Mt Nancy town camp, a 'prescribed area' in Alice Springs and Shane Phillips, a community leader from Redfern, both of whom are featured in the film.

Exactly 6 months since the Rudd Government's apology to the stolen generations, the event comes at a crucial time in Aboriginal affairs. Despite the "review" of the NT intervention currently being conducted, Minister Jenny Macklin continues to roll out punitive measures, recently extending the welfare quarantine by another year in the 4 communities first brought under the scheme. With thousands of people already displaced through the intervention, the federal government have also made clear their intention to refuse services to communities they consider "unviable", leaving many fearing imminent dispossession.

Come and see the first Australian screening of this important documentary and join in the discussion after the film.

Contact Monique 0415410558 or Sarah 0409148226 from Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney (STICS) with inquiries about the Sydney screening.

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