On Sacred Ground looks at the story of the Noonkanbah dispute. A well-publicised Aboriginal struggle to stop mining in the Kimberley region of Western Australia in the late 1970’s.
Visiting this area in my childhood this documentary bought back memories of visiting this region during my parents love of Aussie holidays just like the “Leyland Brothers”. This documentary is presented by a young spokesman for the Kimberley Land Council. The film gives an Indigenous view of the area’s history from the early days of European colonisation.
The documentary explores the problems of Aboriginal dispossession and the loss of identity. The efforts made towards self-determination, being self-sufficient and keeping language and culture. The film explains Aboriginal ties to the land, the importance of sacred sites and the reasons for the land rights struggle.
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