Film & Panel Discussion: Ningla A'Na & 'Welcome to Colour Television'

1.00PM Sun 11 Oct 2020 (2hrs)
GOMA | Cinema A | Sold Out

SYNOPSIS

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists have engaged with screen culture for over 50 years as a way to connect audiences with Indigenous issues and address mis/representation within the medium and society more broadly. QAGOMA exhibition ‘Welcome to Colour Television’ celebrates a powerful selection of Indigenous Australian video art from the Gallery’s collection that embodies those aspirations. Following a screening of Ningla A-Na: Hungry for Land 1972 join featured artists Richard Bell and Vernon Ah Kee in conversation with Sophia Sambono, Assistant Curator, Indigenous Australian Art, QAGOMA, to explore the roles of art and protest in political activism.

Ningla A-Na: Hungry for Land 1972 is a rare historical record that documents a significant moment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander activism from inside the tent, at the heart of the protest.

Ningla A-Na is a documentary about the events surrounding the establishment of the Aboriginal tent embassy on the lawns of Parliament House in Canberra in 1972. Erection of the tent embassy on the lawns of Parliament is the most symbolic action ever taken by Aboriginal people in their struggle for justice in their own land. Ningla A-Na incorporates interviews with black activists, the work of the National Black Theatre, Aboriginal Legal Service and Aboriginal Medical Service, plus footage from the demonstrations and arrests at the embassy. It is the only film to focus on the tent embassy from an insider's point of view and is an historic document, integral to comprehension of the Aboriginal political struggle.

CREDITS

72 MINUTES, AUSTRALIA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: ALESSANDRO CAVADINI / CAST: MAX HENSSER / RIGHTS: SMART ST FILMS