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Native Title Rockets

Corporate cowboys and government bodies enabling destruction of sacred sites.


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  • DIRECTOR Rochelle Humphrey

  • PRODUCER Crystal Clyne



Native Title Rockets, The Right to say No is a feature hybrid documentary, using 3D animation incorporating traditional paintings and projection to punctuate the story. The TV broadcast quality documentary will reveal research investigating how misinformation, a lacking legal framework and poverty can position a space rocket launch testing site on sacred women’s country. The rocket launch ‘test’ site is at a small Aboriginal community, Koonibba. and expands inland, covering projectile calculations of over 200 kilometers inland, deep into Kokatha Country. The rockets will shoot into the earth’s atmosphere, discarding the used rocket booster and crash landing onto Kokatha women’s country. Once the rockets have entered into the atmosphere, electronic defence satellites will be ejected into orbit.
The satellites will be used to assist Australian military to operate
 drones and other unmanned, on ground vehicles, expanding their 
operations to include space. Reminiscent of military operation testings in the area, Maralinga and Emu Fields lay testament to the damage and impact on future generations, that the Pitjantjatjara people must bare. The geographical positioning of the rocket launch site borders the military prohibited area, Woomera. Senior Kokatha Elder, Sue Coleman Haseldine tells her story, and the threats her country faces to the military industrial complex and mining exploration. Expanding beyond the story of Kokatha country, looking to other Elders fighting for the protection of their country and sacred sites, the documentary will build its narrative to a national conversation. Unraveling the complexities of political circumstance, history and corporate power. We will listen to Elders, Activist’s, Aboriginal corporations, lawyers, Senators and
 environmental scientists.

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10.95% funded
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  • $10,947.00

  • October 2023

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Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

Native Title legal instruments banded together with political circumstance and
poverty sets up a playing field for the government and corporations to
utilize land as they wish, without regard to protection of sacred sites
and fragile ecosystems. Aboriginal communities are faced with inner conflict and division in relation to offers to lease country in exchange for economic equality and services. Often the lease holders don't respect or understand the significance of Aboriginal sacred sites and
the deep link to the well being of the Aboriginal people connected to that land or 'country' (country is a term used by Aboriginal nations to describe the land they belong too). The history of violence and oppression by the government and corporations is continued, by
destroying sacred sites and dispossessing people from country. Depositing electronic military satellites from Kokatha country for purposes of war extends this violence and oppression to other war-torn oppressed populations.


What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

To listen to Aboriginal Elders and ensure opportunity to talk freely about the difficulties they face in protecting country, to carry their story to a greater audience. To assist in protecting sacred sites on Kokatha country. To pressurize government for stronger legal instruments to protect sacred sites.


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

Aboriginal Elders who want to share their story - are heard by a large audience. Change of laws to better protect sacred sites, including the right of Native Title holders to say no to corporations and government use of their land. Stronger laws for accountability of destruction of native title owned land. Public awareness of the problems first nations communities face protecting their country and sacred sites. Exposure of the powers that the commonwealth government holds over Native Title holders. The lack of accountability and bad track record of industry and corporations use of Native title holders land (predominately the extract industry).


How will this documentary achieve its outcomes?

Present a strong story that is analytical, interview people who are professionals in the field and those who can give a personal story to the impacts of bad lease agreements of Native Title land. Get as many viewers as possible and generate media dialogue about the issues.


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

We are working together with I.C.A.N, they have been sharing details of legal advice and support of MP's and we are awaiting responses for Freedom of Information documents. We have shared our research on the project with I.C.A.N.

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

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

To join protests led by Aboriginal Elders on country. To consider there actions, and the impacts. To join The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). To be more aware.

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

Aboriginal Elders involved, feel they are heard. Protests about protection of sacred sites, including on Kokatha country. Discussion in parliament about legal change. Number of viewers, follow up impact surveys, number of community screenings.