Black Man's Houses - 25th Anniversary

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Black Man's Houses - 25th Anniversary

Directed by Steve Thomas.
Classification: G, 58 mins.
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Country: Australia.

In 1832 the government of Van Diemen’s Land sent the last Aboriginal resistance fighters into exile at Wybalenna on Flinders Island, bringing an end to the Black War and opening a new chapter in the struggle for justice and survival by Tasmanian Aboriginal people.

Black Man’s Houses tells a dramatic story of the quest by Aboriginal people to reclaim the graves of their ancestors against a background of racism and denial. Documenting a moving memorial re-enactment of the funeral of the great chief Manalargenna, the film also charts the cultural strength and resilience of his descendants as they are forced to fight for recognition in a society that is not ready to remember the terrible events of the past.

Winner of Best Australian Film at the 1992 Melbourne International Film Festival, Black Man’s Houses returns for the screening of the newly restored digital print to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the film’s national debut on ABC TV.

Join Director Steve Thomas, Henry Reynolds and Aboriginal guests in this premiere screening of Black Man’s Houses digital restored with a special panel discussion to explore the impact of the film a generation on, and its continuing importance as Australia takes on the profound challenge of acknowledging the frontier wars that forged this nation’s dark and contested history.

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