Allan Clarke, was a troubled kid growing up in Bourke, a quintessential Australian town in the far north-west of NSW. Today he is a hard-hitting, award-winning national reporter. We follow him on a journey of discovery back to his home town as he delves into an unknown and remarkable story about a civil rights struggle in this remote Aboriginal community. It’s an extraordinary story about a group of unlikely allies, black and white, fighting for equality together in the Australian outback. Together, they changed history, at least for a while. But like most Aboriginal kids who grew up in Bourke, Allan heard little about the civil rights battle that burned in this tiny speck on the map, or of the people who led it. Somehow, they were left out of the national story.
A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing
Aboriginal youth are both the most incarcerated in the world and the most likely to kill themselves. Bourke today is associated with poverty, dysfunction and failure.
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We have a relationship with Dusseldorp Forum which is involved in closing the gap for the Indigenous community in Bourke where our story is set. We have a partner in Oral History NSW which is supporting some of our activity related to Bourke oral history. The development of an oral history project for children and young people in Bourke is central to our documentary.
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