As the world morns the death of Nelson Mandela, who stood up for and against apartheid and the mistreatment of black South Africans, one living in Australia should be mindful of what has happened and is continuing to happen in a similar way in our own country. This short 53 minute doco, reveals a story that many white Australians are not aware of or choose to ignore, but like that of the once South African President Nelson Mandela, who called for equal treatment of all people living in South Africa for all of his life until his death last Friday, we too need to call for and stand up for equal rights and equal treatment of all peoples living in Australia. We want viewing this documentary to start a conversation, a conversation that begins with an acceptance of the mistreatment placed upon Indigenous Australians in the past and sadly in the present and a conversation that acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples continuous living cultures, the oldest in the world. In the coming years Australians are going to be asked a simple question and that simple question needs one simple answer, YES. Should Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples be regarded in the constitution of Australia as the original inhabitants of this land. To find out more on this referendum please visit www.recognise.org.au/
The Secret Country: The First Australians Fight Back from John Pilger on Vimeo.