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My Life As An Aboriginal

My Life As An Aboriginal
National Film and Sound Archive
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Documentary Film. In this film Essie Coffey, black activist and musician, resident of "Dodge City" in north western New South Wales, shows the conflicts of living as an Aboriginal person under white domination. This film is part of her effort to make her community proud of their black identity while struggling to survive. It reveals on the one hand, white control of black land, white money and laws, white alcohol and white television's nightmares; and on the other hand, black attitudes and family life, black history, black education, black music, a black movement and legal service. The Aboriginal people of Australia still resist and survive. Part of this resistance is the passing on of knowledge of traditional bush ways to a generation of Aboriginal kids who have only ever known white education. Essie teaches the kids that the bush is a paradise of food and medicines, and that the land is still Black land. -- General notes: This film was made with assistance from The Creative Development Branch of the Australian Film Commission. Special assistance from Ross Garrity. -- "I Don't Care Who Knows" written by Dougie Young and performed by Essie Coffey. -- "Bush Queen" written by Essie Coffey and Fred Edgar and performed by Essie Coffey, Fred Edgar and Zac Martin. -- Winner - Documentary Section-Sydney Film Festival 1979 -- Rouben Mamoulian Prize-Best Short Film-Sydney Film Festival 1979 -- Certificate of Merit-Chicago Film Festival-1979 -- Red Ribbon-American Film Festival-1980 -- First Prize Cinema du Reel-1980 -- Finalist-Documentary Section-Australian Film Awards-1979.

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