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Tiger on the Rocks
Arts, Community, Education, Environment, History, Indigenous
The Tasmanian Tiger is Australia’s most wanted animal. Its name stirs hearts and its fate is a wake up call. Its images tantalise. On a cave wall in Mok Clan country in far north Australia, a magnificent painting of the Tiger is the final resting place of an animal ancestor. The local people call it Djarnkerrk. Also called the Thylacine, it’s not a true ‘tiger’ but a pouched animal with striped flanks, a kangaroo’s tail and a dog’s head. Like the much smaller Tasmanian Devil, the Tasmanian Tiger is a predator. The British who colonised Tasmania from the early 1800s blamed it for killing their sheep. Bounty hunters shot it and there have been no verifiable sightings since the 1930s. But its story lives on all over the continent in rock art, footprints and fossil bones. TIGER ON THE ROCKS goes in search of the traces. Thylacines survived through 25 million years of drastic ecological changes. Indigenous groups have long known the animal as a presence interlinked with the land and its people. In stunning landscapes where Thylacines once roamed, people from wide-ranging traditions share their experiences: Indigenous artists, rangers and custodians; biologists, bone hunters and archaeologists. With creative use of landscapes, interviews, artworks, archives, and animation, TIGER ON THE ROCKS takes the audience into the Thylacine’s world. Sheep-killing beast, or tragic victim of human-induced extinction. Ancient painting on a rock or vivid spirit ancestor. Lost forever, or a timely reminder to respect the connection between human and animal, culture, nature and country. Multiple insights coalesce to throw light on the Tiger’s still-living power.
REMAKING THE PATHWAY
Education, Environment, History, Indigenous
LAND IS NOT ALONE. <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>When Yolŋu Elder and Master Weaver and Painter, Batumbil Burarrwanga, journeys by foot over 60km of country, she speaks to the land and recalls stories passed down by her father. In doing so she revives her family's knowledge of the land and sea to protect the Yolŋu estates that encompass her "homeland", Mata Mata. The walk across country also tells the story of how these estates were entrusted to the Burarrwanga family's stewardship.The film follows Batumbil Burarrwanga and her sisters Daisy and Doris as they replicated a 60km walk they had done with their father in 1964 when they were young children. As elders and leaders the sisters joyously relive their experiences. Over her life Batumbil had recurring dreams and visions of her father following the path of the sacred dogs along the coastline of the Arafura Sea in North East Arnhem Land. In a dream Batumbil’s father tells her she carries the fire, power and wisdom necessary to protect the Yolŋu estates entrusted to them: "Be on your guard, danger from enemies lies ahead". <i>Dhukarr Yäkthun - Remaking the Pathway, </i>follows the Burarrwanga sisters as they speak to the land and breath in its wisdom and knowledge. It redefines our connection to the land, and reveals the powerful truth that everything is connected as gurrutu (family). The sisters pass on this knowledge to their family and balanda (non-indigenous) friends. This documentary will pass the same knowledge onto the audience; as Batumbil says “it is everyone’s story now”.</p>
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The backyard of New South Wales is facing its biggest threat yet – invasive gasfields. Betrayal by governments has meant protectors are fighting to save the things they love. The Pilliga, Great Artesian Basin, Liverpool Plains – all are at risk. This is a David and Goliath battle to save our land, air and water from destruction. It’s also a fight for the soul and future of Australia. In this film we meet the experts and people living in the sacrifice zone and uncover the truth behind the real gas crisis confronting ordinary Australians. Interviewees include farmers, Gamilaraay people, groundwater engineers, medical experts, financial analysts, lawyers, activists, astronomers, toxics experts, politicians, whistleblowers and ecologists. Together they weave a compelling argument against this destructive and unnecessary industry.