Peter Kilroy is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies and the Department of Film Studies at King’s College London. Jonathan Mazower is Advocacy and Media Director at Survival International, an organisation which helps tribal peoples defend their lives, protect their lands and determine their own futures. Dr Regina Lim did her PhD research in Philippine Cultural Identity and Traditional Settlements in Development: Coming to terms with cultural diversity in a nation-state.
The awful truth is that Indigenous communities are on mineral-rich lands that cause mouths to water in mining corporation boardrooms. It has been stated that Even if the "intervention" wasn't a straightforward land grab, then it suited powerful people who have a vested interest in keeping Indigenous Australians second-class. The panel looked at this tackling the question of land being taken away for benefits of the government economically.
The panel then focused on the film itself looking at what challenges a film maker may have in trying to get involvement from Australian Aboriginals to be a part of something like the documentary Utopia.
It was a very educational and insightful evening that took us from work with Bushmen of Botswana with Survival International to Indigenous Australians having remained itinerant and stateless citizens in their own state, to the struggles of land rights for tribes within the Philippines.
Throughout the semester members of the student committee will take turns to write a blog. It might be about organising the Festival, it might be about something else they are doing in or away from Brookes, it might be thoughts on our theme of home. Check in regularly to find out!