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Indigenous cultural identity: past and future

To a very large extent, whoever holds the camera controls the depiction of the subject. Similarly, whoever writes the history books determines the perspectives of written history, and whoever controls the education of the young determines past interpretations and influences future beliefs. This section explores the issue of who has primarily depicted Indigenous people and culture in the past and who may do so in the future: ‘strangers’ or Indigenous people themselves?

How does Indigenous filmmaking contribute to Australia’s national identity?

Interview with Rachel Perkins

ACMI

Rachel Perkins discusses the collaborative process of making screen content. Rachel is a firmly established filmmaker, writer and producer with an illustrious career of many years in the Australian film industry.

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How can a group of people be 'invisible' within a society?

How does cinema extend and shape Indigenous culture?

Interview with Warwick Thornton

ACMI

Warwick Thornton provides an insight into his creative practice, the art of storytelling and Aboriginal storytelling traditions.

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Is drama the most powerful conveyor of Indigenous identity?

Interview with Ivan Sen

ACMI

Ivan Sen discusses his experiences of working as a filmmaker in Australia. Ivan's initial passion and original training was in cinematography, and his creative process sees him involved in all aspects of production.

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How do you make a story look and feel real?

Interview with Beck Cole

ACMI

Beck Cole describes her creative process as a way of making powerful screen content that connects and speaks to her cultural and personal identity as well as her community.

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