Documentary Australia

Issue area

Indigenous

Documentaries provide a platform for First Nations voices, narratives, and perspectives to be heard while also informing and educating audiences about the history, struggles, and contemporary issues faced by Indigenous communities.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are the original inhabitants of this continent, possessing a rich cultural heritage dating back more than 65,000 years. The arrival of British colonisers in 1788 marked the beginning of significant displacement, violence, and dispossession of Indigenous peoples from their lands, including assimilation policies that resulted in the Stolen Generations.  

Today, the disparity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians is evident across various social indicators, including health, education, employment, and incarceration rates. 

Documentaries provide a platform for First Nations voices, narratives, and perspectives to be heard while also informing and educating audiences about the history, struggles, and contemporary issues faced by First Nations communities. They often feature Indigenous activists, community leaders, and organisations advocating for Indigenous rights, self-determination, and social justice. 

Documentaries can also focus on initiatives and success stories within First Nations communities, showcasing efforts to improve education outcomes, preserve languages, and empower young Indigenous people. These stories highlight the resilience, strength, and achievements of individuals and communities in the face of adversity. 

 

Completed Documentary Australia-supported Indigenous-themed projects:

The Australian Wars In My Blood It Runs The Final Quarter
Where to watch: SBS Where to watch: Netflix, Apple TV, Vimeo Where to watch: Netflix, Doc Play
Zach’s Ceremony Undermined: Tales from the Kimberley Voices of the River
Where to watch: BINGE, DocPlay, Apple TV Where to watch: Apple TV, Google Play, DocPlay , Vimeo Where to watch: Facebook, Instagram

Films that need your support

$20

FUNDS RAISED

Morning Star

Ben Strunin

$8,201

FUNDS RAISED

Other documentary projects in this issue area

Search by Filter

Issue Areas

Mark Hartley

The wild, untold story of live 'n' loud Oz Rock!

Liz Cattermole

Showcasing the life of Melbourne guitarist Steve Connolly who, along with The Coloured Girls/Messengers, backed Paul Kelly from 1984 – 1992 and whose subtle signature sound elevated Paul's music to early success.

Ben Strunin

Larry Gurruwiwi must inherit his place as songline custodian and inspire the next generation to keep culture alive

Madeleine Parry

Spin doctor Heidi Gallbladder has just landed her dream job: she gets to pull the strings behind the scenes of the gas industry but little does she know it’s about to unravel.

Unconditional

Completed film

Dalanglin Dkhar

Welcome to the world of the carer – a full-time commitment, where part-time is the rest of your life.

Vicky Biorac

Inspiring Aboriginal people working in community services help others cope with trauma so that they can achieve success

Tace Stevens

Through the creation of a woomera (traditional weapon), a First Nations father and son are reconciled after years apart.

David Cook | NEW DREAM PRODUCTIONS

Frontline Rangers are preserving Culture and regenerating Australia's Lands and Oceans.