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FROM BOURKE, WITH LOVE
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<p>This is the untold story of Bourke, a small town in the north-west of NSW, Australia. Something happened here four decades ago that changed the lives of the Aboriginal people of this town. Now the old people want the story told, before it is forgotten and lost to their grandchildren. They say there's a myth of white history that they never fought for their land or their rights. "The sad thing is that many Blackfellas are ignorant of the fights and the struggles". </p><p><p></p></p><p>April is a month when visitors and former residents fill the town. One of the visitors is an elderly doctor who is loved and remembered here. The doctor, Max Kamien, helped spark the events that changed lives in this town. He came to Bourke in 1970 when most Aboriginal people were living on the edge of the town, in extreme poverty, suffering from diseases unknown in the town and excluded from the town's life. Max Kamien became their ally and friend. He set out to improve the health of the Aboriginal community. He asked Fred Hollows to come to Bourke. He brought in an architect to improve the community's living conditions. The community leaders, Bill Reid and Wally Byers, worked with Max and other allies, to bridge the void separating their people from white society. Now the next generation believes that they were trailblazers and what they did together transformed the community, giving it confidence and hope. </p><p><p></p></p><p>Today Bill Reid and Wally Byers are buried at the Bourke cemetery not far from Fred Hollows. Max Kamien, aged 80 and a distinguished professor of general practice, has come to Bourke once again, to work as a GP for the Aboriginal community. He is immersing himself in the present day health challenges of Bourke. He is also here to pay respect to his friends Bill and Wally. </p><p><p></p></p><p>Max's return triggers deep questions about Bourke's past and present and for one young Aboriginal man from Bourke it marks the start of a search. The young man's name is Allan Clarke. He has a life in Sydney, and a successful career on SBS's National Indigenous Television, reporting on indigenous issues around the country. He wants to document his town's story and he wants to know what it means for Bourke today. For him, the question of what has changed and what the words reconciliation and closing the gap mean in reality is a question that is raw and personal. This deeply personal film is an intimate, cross-racial and cross-generational conversation that goes to the heart of race relations in Australia. What does it take for people divided by tragedy and intergenerational bitterness to create a healthy community? What will it take for a community to 'move on'? The film is a collaboration of indigenous and non-indigenous filmmakers. We want it to be seen by many Australians, black and white, in urban and regional areas. The story about Bourke will resonate in many parts of Australia.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p>