In this poetic documentary about the impact of British colonialism in Australia, the film maker explores her personal responsibility as a “newcomer” Australian to the First Australians and to “country.” In the historic year of the 2008 apology to the Stolen Generations, Island Home Country encourages all Australians to acknowledge the First Australians, to care for country, and to work together in a process of decolonization. The film’s consultative and process-based way of working with members of the Tasmanian Aboriginal community suggests an evolving shift in Australian historical narratives from the frontier wars, with a race-based paradigm, to a more complex one of diverse peoples working through historical trauma together.
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Length: 52 min.
Producer: Jeni Thornley
Producer website: http://www.jenithornley.com; http://jenithornleydoco.blogspot.com
Distributor: Jeni Thornley
Distributor Web site: http://www.jenithornley.com
Festival Screenings and Awards:
Brisbane International Film Festival, 2008
Nominated for UTS Human Rights Award, 2008
Re-Orienting Whiteness Conference: Melbourne, 2008
Nominated for Best Achievement in Sound for a Documentary, Australian Screen Sound Awards, 2008.