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Native Title Rockets

A road trip with Aunty Sue, meeting tenacious Aboriginal Elders taking on the nuclear and space warfare industry.


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  • DIRECTOR Dr. Dylan Coleman & Rochelle Humphrey

  • PRODUCER Crystal Clyne (Writer & Producer)



In the midst of a global arms build up, Australia is overhauling its defence operations and entering a new era, expanding to the space domain and preparing to utilise Artificial Intelligence on the battlefield. We are also moving into nuclear energy to propel naval forces. Suzanne Coleman-Haseldine senior Kokatha Elder from South Australia and life long anti nuclear activist tells this narrative from a First Nations perspective. Aunty Sue delves into the hidden impacts of today’s nuclear and space warfare industry.

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14.29% funded
  • $100,000.00

  • $14,287.00

  • October 2023

  • 93

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Maggie Cowling $100.00
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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. Deploying electronic warfare 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 and bring awareness to Australia's warfare preparation and arms build up. 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. 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 focusing on the personal, with Aunty Sue sharing the real impacts of the use of traditional lands for destructive purpose . 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 The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (I.C.A.N), sharing information and research.

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. Viewers to consider their actions, and the impacts. To join The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). and pressurize the government to sign and ratify onto the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). Support stronger Aboriginal cultural heritage laws, that extinguishes the right of the State Premiere to approve/threaten destruction or damage of a sacred site .

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. Public dialogue about the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).