One of the Most Glaring Facts Touched onin the Film is the Lack of a Formal Agreementof Any Kind Between the Indigenous People and the Western Government that Has Systematically Seized their Land for Centuries.
October 1, 2014
This is the original version of the ground-breaking Indigenous rights documentary Our Generation. It was the Winner of the “Best Campaign Film” at the London International Documentary Festival 2011.
‘Our Generation’ is feature-length documentary that explores the complicated relationship between the world’s oldest living culture, the Australian Indigenous Aboriginal people, and the world’s newest, the colonization of Western peoples in the same country. For over 60,000 years, more than 400 aboriginal communities have thrived on the continent. In the late 18th century, Western civilization began colonizing their land and various forms of oppression directed towards the indigenous people have been steadfast in their growth ever since.
Much the same way the United States has tried to push the Native Americans into lands i.e. “Reservations” the government sees fit, Australian officials that reflect little to no elected representation of the indigenous people themselves have in essence herded Aboriginals into small sectors of the continent that are of course disadvantageous places to live for a range of reasons. In recent years, efforts to take even those lands for the purposes of excavating minerals and other resources have been put into motion under the guise that the Aboriginal people will be better served to be restricted to even smaller plots of land that are more urbanized – a way of life that is entirely contradictory to the nomadic one they have lived for tens of thousands of years.
video (73 min)