Protecting Country Film

The Protecting Country film trailer is available at https://vimeo.com/225430681


'PROTECTING COUNTRY'

A documentary film brought to you by Ngikalikarra Media.

SCREENINGS ROAD TRIP

Final project journey detailing route from Canberra, ACT to Broome, Western Australia - total kilometres travelled were 7,741 kilometres

Final project journey detailing route from Canberra, ACT to Broome, Western Australia - total kilometres travelled were 7,741 kilometres

ABOUT

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. 

The road trip took 14 days to complete and we travelled over 7741 kilometres through some of the most remote regions of Australia.

Alexander Hayes was accompanied by photographer Liam Wille on this road trip who was responsible for documenting community consultation and also providing additional cut away footage photographs for the final cut of the film.

 

PROJECT TEAM

Bruce-Hammond

BRUCE HAMMOND

Community Liaison

Bruce is an Aboriginal man with ties to the coast in the lower South East of South Australia and the central desert regions of Finke and Alice Springs. Bruce has a long history of asserting his birth rights to connect and protect country. He is a passionate advocate for Aboriginal land rights, caring for, protecting Country and Justice. You can find out more about Bruce here - http://www.blakaz.media/


Magal-McDuffie

MAGALI MCDUFFIE

Filmmaker

Magali was responsible for the film community consultation and the film shoot across country in 2016. Magali has edited the film and will finalise the production upon the project journey footage completion. Magali lives in Broome and is a world acclaimed filmmaker, researcher and academic. You can find out more about Magali here.


Alexander-Hayes

ALEXANDER HAYES

Photographer / Producer

Alexander will lead the project team from Canberra through to Broome with the assistance of the communities and the lead contacts from Canberra through country.  Alexander lives in Broome and has strong ties to the Nyikina community and a long time connection with country across Australia. You can find out more about Alex here.


Liam-Wille

LIAM WILLE

Photographer

Liam will be travelling with the project team from Canberra to Broome documenting community consultations, public forums, environment and other project documentation. Liam is an acclaimed photographer with a very bright future in his chosen field. View Liam's amazing photographs at https://500px.com/liam_wille


PROJECT PROMO CLIP


WHO

The  film features many well known Aboriginal Elders and leaders from South Australia who provide their account of how important it is for all Australian’s to protect country from past, present and planned uranium mining and nuclear dump activities. Contributors featuring in this film include Karina Lester, Bruce Hammond, Regina McKenzie, Tauto Sansbury, Vince Coulthard, Sharpie Coulthard, Ty Butler, James Butler, Clarrie Coulthard, Stephen Atkinson and Steven Harrison.
 

WHEN

The road trip commenced on the 17th July 2017 departing from Canberra, Australia travelling through and featuring private and public screenings  in the cities and towns of Canberra, Condobolin, Hay, Balranald, Mildura, Adelaide, Hawker, Nepabunna and Iga Warta.

We had intended on then travelling through Maree, William Creek, Oodnadatta, Coober Pedy, Marla, Alice Springs, Yuendumu, Tanami, Halls Creek, Fitzroy Crossing, Derby and through to Broome, Western Australia. 

We had intended on then travelling through Maree, William Creek, Oodnadatta, Coober Pedy, Marla, Alice Springs, Yuendumu, Tanami, Halls Creek, Fitzroy Crossing, Derby and through to Broome, Western Australia. 

Whilst we were in Iga Warta we heard news that Yami Lester, late Father of Karina Lester who features in the film had sadly passed 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 - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yami_Lester 

To honour cultural sorry business and to respect the rights of Yami's Family and Relatives we did not screen the first cut of the Protecting Country film as we travell edup from Port Augusta and onto Coober Pedy, Alice Springs, Katherine, Halls Creek, Fitzroy Crossing, Derby and Broome - read more about this here > http://www.ngikalikarra.org/news/2017/7/24/james-yami-lester

Public and private screenings of the film were resumed with cultural consultation as of the 17th August 2017 with a screening of the second cut of the film at the Djugun Community of Coconut Wells, Broome, Western Australia.

 

WHERE

Public and private screenings were held across the following locations of the first and second rough cuts of the 'Protecting Country' film.

6 July 2017 - Wille Household, ACT Canberra Australia
11 July 2017 - McDuffie Household, ACT Canberra, Australia
12 July 2017 - National Parks Head Office, Weston, Canberra  ACT
12 July 2017 - Ellie Gilbert residence, Kingsley ACT
16 July 2017 - ANU Food Co-op & Cafe - 3 Kingsley St, Canberra ACT 2601 - 6:30 PM
17th July 2017 - Condobolin, Wiradjuri Studies Centre, Condobolin NSW - 1:00 PM
18th July - Winch Family residence, Balranald - 5:30PM
19th July 2017 - Mildura Mallee District Aboriginal Services, Mildurah - 1:00PM
20th July 2017 - Adelaide - 'The Joinery', 111 Franklin St, Adelaide SA 5000 7:30 PM
21st July 2017 - Port Augusta, South Australia
22nd July 2017 - Hawker, South Australia
23rd July 2017 - Iga Warta Community, South Australia
23rd July 2017 - Nepabunna Community, South Australia
24th July 2017 - Bungala Aboriginal Corporation, Port Augusta, South Australia
24th July 2017 - Umeewarra Aboriginal Media Association, Port Augusta, South Australia
18th August 2017 - Coconut Wells Community, Broome, Western Australia
 

Screening of the 'Protecting Country' film at Coconut Wells, Broome, WA on the 18th August 2017

Screening of the 'Protecting Country' film at Coconut Wells, Broome, WA on the 18th August 2017


WHY

The mining of uranium and the nuclear debate in Australia continues to divide communities and devastate the Australian environment. Nuclear tests in the 1950’s and the 1960’s have catastrophically affected Aboriginal nations and communities across South Australia. This film brings those voices forward which popular news and media negate as well as provide anyone who interacts with this journey an opportunity to provide feedback to the Ngikalikarra Media team.

 

SPONSORS

A call for sponsorship across social media platforms and direct marketing was made in mid June 2017 and throughout the screenings road trip.

You can download the sponsorship prospectus here 

Sponsorship funding was used towards the costs of fuel for transport, accommodation, meals and any additional hiring of equipment. We are immensely grateful to the following contributors for making this return of film back on country possible.


Isabelle Boreham
Dilys Norrish
James Osinga
Nola Crocket & the Stokers Siding Community, NSW
Glenelg Art Gallery, Glenelg, South Australia
Wiradjuri Languange Centre, Condobolin, NSW, Australia
Stephan Ridgway
Julie Collereda
Deb Meleluca
Christopher Simpson
Ingvar & Chrystle Wille
Sunshine Connelly
Steven Atkinson
Will Kirtland

The project team raised $1350 in sum total in cash and were also afforded free accomodation, meals and other hospitality on the trip from Canberra as far as Coober Pedy, South Australia.

The remainder of the trip from Coober Pedy through to Broome, Western Australia was completed using our own funding.