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Bukal Bukal

What Moana did for Hawaiians, Henrietta does for Australians.


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  • DIRECTOR Rhoda Roberts

  • PRODUCER Julie Nihill



A young Aboriginal woman suffers an egregious act of racism and decides that getting an education is the only way to eradicate racism for herself and others.

She travels to the United Nations where she becomes an advocate for eradicating racism and returns home to carry out her mission and her movement in her home country.

Her Great Grandfather’s shell regalia, imprisoned in the British museum basement calls her to speak and to lead.

Finding her own voice in Australia, Henrietta then created policy at the UN that ensured Indigenous people worldwide have a voice:
Inspiring, heroic, female, powerful, Australian, International Leadership.

Putting service before career advancement, she is now saving lives and the Australian government is implementing her self funded programs.

With fierce optimism and humour, Henrietta, like Moana, journeys beyond her geographical limitations, courageously surpasses cultural norms, fights the fears of traditions and stereotypes.

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  • $250,000.00

  • $550.00

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Judith Preston $500.00
Sandy Edwards $50.00

Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

1. Aboriginal Racism is written into Australian Law – (yes, even in 2020)

2. Indigenous children make up 7% of the general youth population but 54% of those in youth detention across Australia.

3. The rate of Indigenous incarceration has increased by 45% since 2008.

4. Indigenous over-incarceration (2% population, 27% jail)
Cost the Australian economy an estimated A$7.9 billion in 2016.

5. “It is difficult to think of a region on the globe whose record of racism is not at least as troubling as ours. “ Waleed Aly

6. A recent study from the University of NSW found that 85% of Australians believe we have a problem with racism

7. “There is a powerful political imperative to deny or avoid all charges of Australian racism.” Waleed Aly

8. An ANU study found that Australian job applicants with a non-Anglo name were significantly less likely to be selected for interview than their Anglo counterparts.


What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

1. Repatriation of family belonging, property and ancestral remains.

2. Change racist Australian Laws.

3. Education and training in schools, changing beliefs and behaviours of future generations, becoming part of curriculum.

4. Education and training for museums, art galleries, police, businesses and government agencies - health, prison and 'welfare'

5. The International Institute for Eradicating Racism and its documentaries, films, publications and summits becomes an ongoing resource


What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?

1. First Year
- Documentary shown in 100 schools by end of first year.
- Premiere at Sydney Film Festival, MIFF, Sundance or Dreaming.
- Workbooks and Facilitators guides will have been brought into 100 different organisations.

2. Second Year
- More film festivals
- More schools
- More companies
- Host a real life Summit in Australia, speakers from government agencies, education, business people, politicians, Indigenous Communities

3. Third Year
- Film shown at United Nations with Henrietta appearing.
- International Virtual Summit, representatives from 10 other countries.


How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?

Henrietta supported communities across Aust, for 9 yrs with The Christensen Fund.(US)
Instit. Racism
Bob Weatherall CICP
Sandra Levers Aust. Indigenous Leadership Centre
Gerry Miers – Grant Thornton
Kenny Bedford Reconciliation Aust.
Katie Kiss Snr Policy Advisor Qld Gov.
Scott McDougall Qld Anti Discrim. Commissioner, Min. Leann Enoch
Ruth Venables Reg Mgr, FNQ Region, Qld Human Rights Comm
Lydia Miller ExecDirAust Council, Stephen Ung DATSIP
M Healy MP Cairns
Chris Bourke(Canberra), Neil Wilmot (Bris) Donella Mills NACCHO
Matthew Trinca, Dir Nat Museum of Aust
Dr Jim Thomson CEO/Dir Qld Museum
Tailaiake Alfred Uni of Vic, Canada
John Scott UNSCBD Montreal
Chandra Roy UNPF11
Zoe Tryon UK Indig. Women Envir&Biodiv
Toby McLeod Sacred Lands Film San Fran
Jodie Duiugan-George Assoc Vice Chancellor CQU
Sandra Harding Vice Chancellor JCU
Gracelyn Smallwood Prof Nursing Midwifery CQU
Stephen Schnierer Adj Assoc Prof EnvirScience &

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?

1. Fundamental change in attitudes, language, discussion and thinking
2. Support for removal of racism from Australian Law through activation of local MP’s, radio talkback, all media
3. Support for repatriation of Indigenous family belongings and ancestral remains through activation of local MP’s, all media discussion
4. Support for establishment of First Nations ‘Cultural Centres’ to receive stolen family belongings through local MP’s and government action
5. Support for government funded Indigenous Self governing support for ancestral trauma release in Indigenous communities through local MP’s and government bodies, media discussion, talkback.
6. Support for national implementation of Henrietta’s Health Matrix for Revealing Racism in Institutions , currently successfully running in Queensland Health. expansion throughout and Australia and internationally.
7. Support for curriculum implementation of film’s programs in primary, secondary and tertiary levels by government departments.

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

1. Repatriation of family belongings and ancestral remains.
- Government funded ‘Cultural Centres’ nationwide

2. Change racist Australian law
- Laws amended in accordance with basic human rights
- Aboriginal self governing programs to release ancestral trauma
- Drop in suicide, drug use, depression, high mortality, jail rates,

3. Education and training in schools, changing beliefs and behaviours of future generations, becoming part of curriculum:
- Re education of true history of Australia and accompanying acknowledgement on a national scale affecting all levels of education and curriculum.

4. Education and training for police, businesses and government agencies, museums and art galleries
– Drop in suicide, depression, drug use, jail incarceration

5. The International Institute for Eradicating Racism and it's documentaries, films, publications and summits becomes an ongoing resource.