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.

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

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 -

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Broome Regional Prison

Magali and I have completed one of our toughest film making assignments to date at Broome Regional Prison.

We were contracted to produce an induction video for those who have been sentenced.

After months of deliberation, repeat meetings with Men's Outreach Services in Broome, Western Australia and many, many hours of discussion with our community contacts the decision to produce a media based resource to replace a text-based resource was made based upon;

  1. Our ethical belief that anything that can be done to help predominantly Aboriginal prisoners in this facility is absolutely critical;
  2. Producing a high quality resource that advantages prisoners (who would otherwise be disadvantaged by low literacy) is also of fundamental importance;
  3. The video created reflected as closely as possible the reality of life in prison

We are not permitted to describe the video nor will it ever be released publicly but we are hopeful it will have a positive impact in its present and historical context.

Listening To Country

Today we met with a number of Djugun traditional custodians north of Broome, Western Australia.

It is apparent that recent developments in this part of the world mirror the genocidal actions of others experiencing similar in places as far afield as Mexico and Argentina. The key term here is apparent - genocide.

Photo: Alexander Hayes

Photo: Alexander Hayes

What welcome to country you might ask? What means being welcome on country when the overlords of one family exclude, pillage and assume the ownership of country that has since time immemorial been and always will be the country of another mob?

So it is we must #listentocountry

Whether we choose to do this by simply acknowledging the traditional and RIGHTFUL custodians of country is a start. Each and everyone of us must stand up and speak out against the greed of those being paid $750 an hour to broker mining deals with the Koreans and the Chinese.

We must listen to and respect that fracking has no place in a country that is fragile and bereft of water that is currently plowed into keep resorts green and sick of spleen. 

We didnt travel far today but we made it our mission to be with those who matter most.

Photo: Alexander Hayes - on our way to meet with the Roe Family.

Photo: Alexander Hayes - on our way to meet with the Roe Family.

And so it is that we declare our investment in the 'Listening To Country' initiative complete with reciprocal exchanges of cultural knowledge, education and related events. A union between like minded, conscious and mostly awake people willing to make a difference where possible in listening to and disseminating the story of others.

Photo: (L) Rafael Baro and (R) Alexander Hayes

Photo: (L) Rafael Baro and (R) Alexander Hayes

The plan is to use every possible means to bring people together in cultural activities across the Kimberley Region of Western Australia to engage with traditional Aboriginal Elders and Custodians linked with the same in countries Mexico and Argentina (to begin with).

Photo: Alexander Hayes - (L) Rafael Baro and (R) Magali McDuffie

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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