Native Spirit Festival Award


We are very proud to stand with the Adnyamathanha, Gurindji, Tanganekald, Yankunytjatjara Anangu, Mirning, Narungga Aboriginal Australian people forward who are united in their case AGAINST the present and planned uranium mining and nuclear dump activities in South Australia.

The ‘Protecting Country’ film has been selected for screening at the 13th Native Spirit Indigenous Film Festival - Launch Day - UNESCO IYIL2019 Brunei Gallery Theatre, SOAS Russell Square, London, United Kingdom to be screened on Saturday, 12 October 2019 between 17:00 to 21:30 (BST)


Native Spirit was established in 2005 and is the UK's first Independent organisation promoting contemporary Indigenous Cinema, Media & Artists with Year-round events, an annual Film Festival starting 12th October in London, and sister festival in Taiwan (November).

The founder of Native Spirit Foundation, Freddy Treuquil, Mapuche leader states: “All the [activists] have come to the conclusion that one objective of making video, radio and television is for the other culture to know us. It is necessary to create a bridge to share our culture in an educational form, without losing our identity.” - Native Spirit website

Bruce Hammond, an Aboriginal Tanganekald man with ties to the coast in the lower South East of South Australia and the central desert regions of Finke and Alice Springs in conjunction with Alexander Hayes & Magali McDuffie from Ngikalikarra Media brought the ‘Protecting Country’ documentary film on a screening road trip across Australia.

Read more about the entire film journey across Australia here -

Watch the film here and please re-share this post!

United Nations Award

Filmmaker and Distinguished Scholar, Magali McDuffie won the United Nations Association of Western Australia’s “Short Film Competition” in the Indigenous Culture category for the film ‘Bookarrarra Liyan Mardoowarra Booroo’ which is told through the voice of Dr. Anne Poelina, Nyikina Traditional Custodian of the Kimberley Region, Western Australia.

The film presents the case under Article 3 United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People for the protection of the Mardoowarra (Fitzroy River) and features Dr. Anne Poelina, Jeannie Warbie, Nyikina Traditional Custodian and Kyle Lawrence.

Films For Action

Screenshot:  Films For Action

It was great to see the ‘Protecting Country film distributed through the Films for Action website recently.

It shows for us that ensuring cultural materials are distributed as CC BY 4.0 Unported International Licence means that the resource can be picked up and shared with ease across these community frameworks.

Film distributed at

Speaking Out


The ‘Speaking Out’ film is a short re-rendering of an audio presentation / podcast featuring Grace Cockie and Gerry Georgatos from the Institute of Social Justice & Human Rights (ISJHR) in Perth, Western Australia.

This short film is 6:11 in duration.

This short film is being used for a Canberra presentation in March 2019.

Desert River Sea

Ngikalikarra Media was contracted to provide filmmaking and training services to Goolarri Media (Pakkam) who are covering the ‘Desert River Sea - Portraits of the Kimberley’ exhibition which is being held at the Art Gallery of Western Australia.

This short film will be broadcast via ICTV Play which is an online community for sharing and accessing media made by and for Indigenous people in remote Australia .

Image: Exhibition A4 Flyer

Let Them Speak



8th February 2019


A 53 minute documentary film premiere featuring four courageous Wongi Aboriginal women who speak of the catastrophic effects of intergenerational sexual abuse they have suffered, shared and face as a Family.


Sharon Hume, Rosemary Bailey, Barbara McGillivray and Jillian Heneker.

Event MC

Megan Krakouer - NICRS

Panel Chair

Hannah McGlade - Curtin University - legal academic and practitioner with special interest in Indigenous human rights.

Read the article written by Hannah McGlade at

Increasingly, Aboriginal women are speaking out against men who sexually abused them as children. Last week in Perth the National Indigenous Critical Response Project launched Let Them Speak a documentary about four Aboriginal sisters from Leonora speaking out about sexual abuse they experienced. The film was launched at the same time as the report of the WA Coroner into the deaths of 12 Aboriginal youth in the Kimberley.

Executive Production

Gerry Georgatos - Institute for Social Justice and Human Rights (ISJHR) and the National Child Sexual Abuse Trauma Recovery Project (NCSATRP).


Delly Stokes & Daughters ( Josephine, Iesha, Marika, Uniquewa)

Filmed and edited

Alexander Hayes & Magali McDuffie from Ngikalikarra Media, Perth, Western Australia. The documentary film will be released after the premiere screening available online under a CC BY 4.0 International Unported licence.


6:30pm for a 7pm start


Kim Beazley Theatre, Murdoch University, Western Australia
Building 351 Murdoch University, 90 South St, Murdoch WA 6150


Download the Let Them Speak: Film Premiere flyer - [ PDF 143 KBs ]

Suicide prevention and poverty researcher Gerry Georgatos (left, back), Independent filmmaker and child sexual abuse survivor Alexander Hayes, together with (L) Sharon Hume, Barbara McGillivray, Jillian Heneker, Rosemary Bailey. Photo - Megan Krakouer

Suicide prevention and poverty researcher Gerry Georgatos (left, back), Independent filmmaker and child sexual abuse survivor Alexander Hayes, together with (L) Sharon Hume, Barbara McGillivray, Jillian Heneker, Rosemary Bailey. Photo - Megan Krakouer

Documentary Background

In late 2018 we were contacted by Gerry Georgatos and Megan Krakouer from the Institute for Social Justice & Human Rights (ISJHR) and the National Child Sexual Abuse Trauma Recovery Project (NCSATRP) regarding four brave women who were prepared to speak about their experience of sexual abuse and harassment as children into their childhood.

We took three hours of film footage and from that we have produced an hour long documentary which will be made public both online and via a screening at the Kim Beazley Theatre, Murdoch University, Western Australia Building 351 Murdoch University, 90 South St, Murdoch WA 6150.

To help other sexual abuse victims speak out, Mrs Heneker together with her three sisters Sharon Hume, 59 and Rosemary Bailey, 57 have shared their emotional and heartbreaking story in a documentary titled, Let Them Speak. Mrs Heneker also hopes it will allow for programs to be designed to support sexual assault victims. “If we can save one or two people with our stories, that will make us happy. I am proud of my sisters for doing it,” she said.

Read the article at -

Rosemary (far left), Barbara (middle), Sharon (far right) - Photo: Megan Krakouer

Rosemary (far left), Barbara (middle), Sharon (far right) - Photo: Megan Krakouer

“…After 30 years of marriage, Mrs Heneker and her husband, who share three children together, got a divorce. She blames her past for the breakup.

“Growing up I thought I would never find a partner of any description, I still feel that way all the time and maybe that is why my marriages and relationships dissolved,” she said.

“I know that there are a lot of people who are too scared to come forward with things like that — I am telling my story for the younger generation, and the older generation to find their confidence to talk about it.”

Barbara & Sharon - Photo: Megan Krakouer

Barbara & Sharon - Photo: Megan Krakouer


Photo: Megan Krakouer

On Australia Shores: Survivor Stories



For the last three months Magali and I have been travelling closely with and listening to the stories from families who have been adversely affected by the Agriculture Protection Board (APB), an Australian Government program which operated throughout Australia.

Eugene Mcmahon, Executive Producer and Cultural Adviser has been with the Ngikalikarra Media team to document stories from those families in the Kimberley region of Western Australia in that period. The focus of the project is in listening to these stories, producing documentaries based on those accounts and taking these to the United Nations, Human Rights, Office of the High Commissioner (OCHCR) -


In Eugene’s words;

“…On behalf of the People,

We demand answers.

Questions have already been asked for thirty years from all the Families that have been impacted by the the use of 2,4,5-T and other toxic chemicals as part of the Australian Governments endorsed weed eradication programs in Australia.

The ‘On Australian Shores: Survivor Stories’ Project has provided Families who have lost loved ones with an opportunity to relate their stories on camera, despite their heartache. Their statements and our research, have highlighted the lack of duty of care of the Australian Government and the misleading information the victims were provided with during their time of employment.

Despite successive inquiries, reports and extensive press coverage these Families still have no answers to the questions that have been exhaustively posed to all government authorities, such as the whereabouts and return of human remains still housed in medical warehouses.

Recommendations made in those reports have been ignored and continued inaction from all levels of government still prevails in 2018.

Those Families demand answers, recognition and compensation. The Australian Government needs to own this issue and be accountable for this genocide.”


Each story tragically provides an account of how the government endorsed program wilfully according to some, set about sending teams of young predominantly Aboriginal men into remote locations to spray the deadly dioxin 2,4,5-T - 2,4,5-Trichlorophenoxyacetic acid and mixed with 2,4-D and/or diesel;

“…2,4,5-Trichlorophenoxyacetic acid (also known as 2,4,5-T), a synthetic auxin, is a chlorophenoxy acetic acid herbicide used to defoliate broad-leafed plants. It was developed in the late 1940s and was widely used in the agricultural industry until being phased out, starting in the late 1970s due to toxicity concerns. Agent Orange, a defoliant used by the British in the Malayan Emergency and the U.S. in the Vietnam War, was equal parts 2,4,5-T and 2,4-D (2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid). 2,4,5-T itself is toxic with a NOAEL of 3 mg/kg/day and a LOAEL of 10 mg/kg/day.


You can listen to the podcast by Dylan Storer below or access it online also at


This project is being privately funded by project supporters Amanda and Peter McCasker as well as Colin McCumstie, Sons Cain and Dale McCumstie have all provided financial and communications support to produce the West Kimberley region episode playlist at

Read more about the project here -

Girr Ngin Ngan



Facebook Messenger - Group message - Mary Ozies - Friday 13th July 2018

The main privilege we had as residents of Broome, Western Australia was listening to, recognising and honouring the Djugun community of whom they are part of the greater Goolarabooloo, sunset, sundown country. We also have witnessed some of the worst forms of lateral violence and intergeneration trauma entrenched in the contemporary psyche of a litmus tourist centre for the Kimberley Regions of Western Australia.

As our Ngikalikarra website will attest, we spent a big part of our time listening to the stories of Elders and aspiring leaders as they fought against mining, corruption and rampant development in this otherwise pristine and sacred landscape, country. To do so we expended much of our own time, our own resources and in doing so we gained so much knowledge and insight into how precious this environment is.

We are grateful, never complacent and know this part of the world will always be our home to protect.


Stokers Siding Screening


Friday 26th January 2018


Venue: Stokers Siding Community Hall - click here for details
Date: Friday 26th January 2018
Time: 6:00pm start
More Details: Call Alexander on +62 427 996 984

Australia Day is for many Australian's a day off work, attach the Aussie flag to the car aerial, stock up with at least a carton or two of cans and head off to listen to a day of Harvey Norman commercials in a park and watch fireworks, drape the flag over a drunk tattoed torso, scream "aussie aussie oi oi oi" on the way back to the car and brag on about "we are fourth generation" and " my grandfather cleared this land to make way for a better life and a better wife".

Photo: James Butler

Well frankly, all of those sentiments do not wash with us and the day means little more than a day of dubious importance other than a time to mourn the countless Aboriginal communities decimated by occupation over 230 years ago as James Butler puts forward in one of his latest photos.

This needs to be acknowledged as many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities state as a time of sorrow and more importantly resistance to a continuing genocide across this "fair" nation. There is no unity, no harmony, no tolerance, no peace when the Australian government continues to shut down communities, permit illegal occupation and possession of country, remove children from families and incarcerate young Aboriginal people...a continued genocide and apartheid of the worst description and it continues today!!!

Photo: Aboriginal Elder, Aunty Jackie McDonald, Bunjalung.

So as a Family this Friday 26th January 2018 we are returning to Stokers Siding community in northern NSW who so generously supported the sponsorship of the 'Protecting Country' film in 2017 and we are going to screen the final edit of the 'Protecting Country' film with a Welcome to Country by Aunty Jackie McDonald, Bunjalung Aboriginal Elder and Traditional Custodian.

You can read more about Jackie here - Serving Our Country Project, ANU.

The screening details are at the top of this post and we hope that this event is well attended as this is a connection between the Bunjalung people and the Adnyamanthana people through our project Community Liaison, Bruce Hammond.

Read more about the 'Protecting Country' film project that we are delivering here -

We hope to see you there and if you are reading this from Facebook or other social media can you please ring around and tell people that this is happening and re-share the post across all your contacts please.

Voices of Goolarabooloo

Today, Magali and I returned to the Goolarabooloo Millibinyarri Aboriginal community which is located only 12 kilometres north of Broome central,  fresh from recent rains in Mankala season -

Photo: Alexander Hayes - Phillip Roe giving feedback on the trailer

Photo: Alexander Hayes - Phillip Roe giving feedback on the trailer

We sat with Phillip Roe, Grandson of the late Paddy Roe (Lulu) and discussed the final points Phillip wanted included in the 'Voices Of Goolarabooloo' documentary trailer we are releasing today. The trailer features Jeannie Warbie, Senior Nyikina Traditional Owner and also Phillip Roe, Goolarabooloo Law Boss and Traditional Custodian as well as Frans Hoogland, environmentalist, community spokesperson and mediator.

Photo: Alexander Hayes - (l) Jeannie Warbie & (R) Phillip Roe

Photo: Alexander Hayes - (l) Jeannie Warbie & (R) Phillip Roe

A renewed fight to protect country, maintain law and culture in the face of rampant economic development which threatens and destroys the natural environment forms the central theme to this documentary to be released in late 2018 by Ngikalikarra Media. The trailer contains the key messages that the Goolarabooloo community have lived out through colonisation, forced removal of children, massacres and incarceration of Aboriginal Goolarabooloo people over 223 years. 

Photo: Alexander Hayes - (L) Phillip Roe, (C) Jeannie Warbie, (R) Magali McDuffie at Walmadan (James Price Point)

Photo: Alexander Hayes - (L) Phillip Roe, (C) Jeannie Warbie, (R) Magali McDuffie at Walmadan (James Price Point)

Both Phillip Row and Frans Hoogland speak of the failure of native title, the greed and corruption within land councils and the blatant disregard by a few individuals as they step outside of Law to the detriment of themselves and their immediate Families. With mineral sands, natural gas, fracking and other non-conventional mining international consortia pressuring the Aboriginal communities into non-veto positions, the federal and state governments using the instrument of native title are causing massive divides between traditionally harmonious people according to Roe.

Photo: Alexander Hayes - Quondong Point, Western Australia

Photo: Alexander Hayes - Quondong Point, Western Australia

Frans Hoogland provides the fullest account of Liyan and the Bugarregarre, the core to Aboriginality and Law, culture as the main thread in this trailer, with Jeannie Warbie and Phillip Roe providing context and the contemporaneous challenges they face.

Resources & Links


Film Editing for Protecting Country

As those close to us would know we travelled from Canberra and now live in Broome, Western Australia, as far as one could go but still live on the same continent.

During that time we have have worked on our PhDs (yes, we are both completing PhD's at the very same time) and spent countless hours packing, unpacking, sorting and discarding.

Completing the final rough cut edit on the 'Protecting Country' film has been a struggle only as far as having the time to complete it. Last night after much fanfare we managed to get the final piece of the jigsaw complete - adding the seminal words of Clifford Coulthard, Adnyamathanha Elder and Traditional Custodian of the Iga Warta Community deep in the Flinders Range on the way to Arkaroola.

Clifford Coulthard sharing his story.

Clifford Coulthard sharing his story.

Magali working on the film edit using Adobe Premier

Magali working on the film edit using Adobe Premier

I am always constantly amazed at the editing experience that Magali brings to these films, not just the technical know-how but the manner in which she understands how to weave and build a film from raw footage. My job it seems is to produce the film and make sure it hits the ground and gets out to communities and the world as far and wide as possible. So, we are editing and we are looking forward to a May 2018 premier of 'Protecting Country' in Adelaide bringing all those that appeared in the film to the city for one big yarn ;)

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James Yami Lester

In 2016 Magali McDuffie and I set off on a journey across Australia from Canberra, across the Hay Plains and into Adelaide, South Australia to meet with Bruce Hammond, Aboriginal Tanganekeld Man, [ ] Son of the late Ruby Hammond [ ]

The year prior I had met Bruce in Canberra, Australia and he had inspired me with his Mother's story and indeed his own personal story as he fought for Country, the act of speaking for his homelands and that of the Aboriginal country of which Australia is made up of. As we arrived in Adelaide Bruce made it know that his Ancestors had travelled with us, right into the biggest storm that Adelaide had experienced in decades.

With the power out across the state Magali and I drove a 4WD vehicle up to Port Augusta, then onto Quorn, Hawker, Yapalla Community, Copley and over the hills into the Nepabunna Community and back into Iga Warta, Flinders Ranges -

We listened and recorded the views of those people we were connected to via Bruce and he assured us that each and every person we interviewed were in some way connected to the story emerging regarding the largest planned nuclear fuel dump in Australia. We returned via Port Augusta after recording 12 interviews and many hours of scenic footage. That was the beginning of a long journey forward with this story on our minds and with much editing work to complete.

For Magali and I, after many years in this industry and with many years working with Aboriginal communities across Australia one thing is clear - make sure the story we listen to is authentically, responsively, culturally appropriate, that it is clearly demonstrating the ethics of the individuals included and most importantly that the while process is open for change from those it seeks to represent.

As is the emancipatory journey, the Nura (country) to filmmaking process we promised to return and screen with each community now has the results of what we thought the key emergent story is from this important discussion. Over the next year the film weighed deeply on our minds as battled many different personal challenges and the expense that it had taken us to achieve this journey - $12,000 AUD of our own personal funds in total.

So in early July 2017 we finished the editing of the first rough cut of the film and with a 32 min recording we set out from Canberra, ACT Australia after screening the first of many screenings with community, both public and private of the 'Protecting Country' film. To return this film to country meant we had to travel back across many thousands of kilometres and so with all due respect and planning we set about visiting other communities to bring them into the awareness of the important message in the film.

We made the decision also to bring along on the journey a young person who would benefit from the experience, culturally, professionaly, personally and this person is Liam Wille, a fantastic photographer -

We setup a sponsorship prospectus and set about asking the public, friends and our families to support us on this journey as we have expended every last cent of our own funding. In total we sought $2000 to take us as far as Alice Springs, Northern Territory of Australia which is the heartland for this story and the plans to dump this waste in South Australia. With the help of many sponsors that you can see listed here - - we managed to make it all the way back to Iga Warta, screening the film in Canberra, Condobolin, Hay, Balranald, Mildura, Adelaide, Port Augusta, Hawker and Iga Warta communities.

Along the way we cut a short trailer and released it for feedback.

Whilst we were in Iga Warta we heard news that Yami Lester, late Father of Karina Lester had past away.

Yami Lester is and always will be a key figure, a leader and respected anti-nuclear campaigner, a Yankunytjatjara man, an Indigenous person of northern South Australia. Lester, who survived nuclear testing in outback Australia, best known as an anti-nuclear and indigenous rights advocate -

This post serves to inform everyone that as a mark of respect, to honour cultural sorry business and to respect the rights of Yami's Family and Relatives that we will no longer screen the first cut of the Protecting Country film as we travel up from Port Augusta and onto Coober Pedy, Alice Springs, Katherine, Derby and Broome.

We raised close to $2000 AUD which paid for our accomodation, food, fuel and other items we needed to travel from Canberra through to Alice Springs. From that location we will use our own limited personal funding to return this important story along the songlines and story lines of central Australia.

We wish to thank all of our sponsors who have made this trip possible to return this film to country to be screened with hundreds and close to thousands of people who may never have had the experience to contribute to the feedback, considerations, advice and eventual final cut of this important film.

Our journey across Australia and up to Broome via Katherine will continue but we will not be screening the film rough cut as we have returned it to the main community members it includes. Our journey now is to travel across country, to connect with Yami Lester's story personally ourselves and to respect the rights of those who have afforded us the right to be on country and to understand how important it is to protect this country.

We are planning to premier this film, Protecting Country in Sydney, Canberra and Adelaide Australia in late 2017, early 2018 when we have permission to do so, complete and in the final form that it will also be seen worldwide after the premiers in Australia. This important film is destined to screen in Germany, France and England and will be made available also via NITV, ITV and other appropriate channels.

The following photos are but a few of many that Liam has taken whilst on the journey through to Iga Warta from Canberra, ACT Australia.


When this film has reached final cut we will send everyone details of screenings and locations for you to attend and support.

Many many thanks!