So-Called Australia - Blak Art on Film + TERROR NULLIUS

Canvassing memory, inheritance and invasion, this programme of shorts is a melodic tribute to Indigenous strength and the poetic subversion of colonial amnesia. The artists address issues of state-sanctioned violence, child removals, stolen wages, land rights and the reclamation of language and archives.

There will be a brief interval before the screening of TERROR NULLIUS.

Out of the Sea Like Cloud
Dir: Fiona Foley (Batjala). Australia 2019. 10min
A man abandons temptation and follows the songs of his Old People.

Dead Tongue
Dir: Christian Thompson (Bidjara). Australia 2015. 3min
The artist sings back to the silencing of colonisation.

The Silenced
Dir:Julie Gough (Trawlwoolway). Australia 2020. 6min
Dark histories are exposed by recovering records of stolen children.

Jaara Nyilamum
Dirs: Dr Lou Bennett AM (Dja Dja Wurrung and Yorta Yorta) and Romaine Moreton (Goenpul Yagerabul Minjungbal Bundjalung)
Australia 2021. 7min
Offering healing to the place an Aboriginal baby’s remains were taken from.

For All Our Women of the Sun
Dirs: Natalie Harkin (Narungga), Ali Gumillya Baker (Mirning), Faye Rosas Blanch (Yidniji/Mbarbarm), Simone Ulalka Tur (Yankunytjatjara)
Australia 2021. 4min
A homage to Aboriginal women who were forced into labour.

Mulunma – Inside Within
Dir: Daniel Riley (Wiradjuri). Australia 2021. 7min
A dancer contrasts the differing ideologies of the ‘Western’ and ‘Indigenous’ Archive.

The above programme of moving image artworks will be followed by TERROR NULLIUS from collective Soda Jerk.

Dir: Soda Jerk. Australia 2018. 54min
Sample art misfits Soda Jerk’s second feature is a blistering, badly behaved, sample-based film which confronts the horrors of Australia’s national mythologies. A political revenge fable that binds canonical interrogation with speculative muckraking, TERROR NULLIUS premiered at ACMI in 2018. Five years later, its provocation is as dark, hopeful and urgent as ever.

So-Called Australia: Blak Art on Film + Terror Nullius
Fri 3 Feb 18:10; Tue 21 Fe 20:30
Sissy + Pink Reef
Sat 11 Feb 20:30; Mon 2o Feb 17:50
Friends and Stranger + Lime Parfait
Thu 16 Fe 18:10; Fri 24 Feb 18:15
You Won’t Be Alone + Gem
Fri 17 Feb 20:25; Sat 25 Feb 17:30
Shadow + Call History
Wed 22 Feb 18:20
Sweet As + Finding Jedda
Sun 26 Feb 18:30; Mon 27 Feb 20:50

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