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The trauma of Bali

from the documentary Anthem: An Act of Sedition (PG)

A split-screen shows images of the Bali bombings memorial service in Canberra in October 2002 and Brian Deegan, who lost his son Josh in the bombings. As the images of the memorial service unfold on …

May Day

from the documentary Banners Held High (G)

This clip begins with a survey of some of the workers who contribute to a broader labour movement, such as miners, boilermakers, tram drivers and conductors and wharfies. It then features a montage of colourful …

Democracy in action

from the documentary Canberra Files, The (PG)

Standing in the House of Representatives Chamber in Old Parliament House, actor Michael Caton provides the context for early newsreels in Australia. This is followed by a Paramount Gazette newsreel from 1929 that shows ex-Prime …

National service

from the newsreel Cartoons of the Moment – Miss Australasia (G)

This clip begins with text outlining Colonel Cameron’s suggestion on returning from the Dardanelles that Australia should introduce compulsory national service. A white outline of Australia and New Zealand is turned sideways to form …

The Kaiser War

from the newsreel Cartoons of the Moment – The Kaiser War (G)

This clip begins with a cartoon of Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm II surrounded by skulls. A caption illustrates the Kaiser’s thoughts, saying that while he wished to fight in the trenches, the almighty ‘willed …

Women volunteers

from the home movie Couch: Our Women of the VAD (G)

A woman leafs through a Women’s Weekly magazine and shows her two friends. A picture of a Volunteer Aid Detachment nurse (VAD) is on the front cover. This fades out and back in to …

Into the history books

from the television program The Dismissal (PG)

In the panic and confusion of the Labor government’s sacking and the packing up and the frenzied shredding of documents, Gough Whitlam stands alone, a tragic figure, before all his friends and colleagues. He …

‘Long live human rights’

from the documentary Fond Memories of Cuba (PG)

Dissident writer Mario is interviewed in the street where pro and anti Fidel protestors gather and argue. Mario is facing an eighteen-month prison sentence for criticising the government. Some of the gathered crowd shout 'Long …

‘What are we fighting for?’

from the feature film Forty Thousand Horsemen (PG)

Red (Grant Taylor) gives his horse some water during a long and tortuous patrol in the desert. An officer tells him to save it for himself. Red, Jim (Chips Rafferty) and Larry (Pat Twohill) cool …

A future governor-general

from the television program Four Corners – The First Program (PG)

The very first Four Corners opens with vox pops in a busy Sydney street, asking people whether a future governor-general should be British or Australian. The reporter is Bob Sanders.

Unity is strength

from the documentary Friends and Enemies (G)

Premier Bjelke-Petersen says the union protest will be a 'fizzer’ and adds in his own inimitable style, 'don’t be bulldozed into anything that you don’t want to be bulldozed into’. Unionists protest outside …

Signing oath of allegiance

from the documentary Inauguration of the Commonwealth (G)

This clip shows Sydney’s Archbishop, William Smith, welcoming Lord Hopetoun and Prime Minister Edmund Barton, and dignitaries to the swearing in of Australia’s first federal cabinet and for the reading of the Proclamation …

‘A big book’

from the documentary Mparntwe Sacred Sites (G)

Sweeping aerial views show Mparntwe (Alice Springs). Voice-over narration tells us that the landscape of Mparntwe was created by ancestral beings as they travelled through the country. Elder Max Stuart explains the principles of the …

Taxing the diggers

from the television program Peach's Gold – Eureka (PG)

Bill Peach tells the story of the diggers’ frustrations that led eventually to the Eureka Stockade. The police, called Traps, would harry the hard-working miners, demanding to sight their mining licences and menacing them at …

The POW Street Adoption Scheme

from the advertisement Red Cross Cinema Advertisement: The Prisoner of War Street Adoption Scheme (G)

In a direct address to the camera, Governor of Queensland Sir Leslie Wilson appeals to Queenslanders to support the Red Cross Prisoner of War Street Adoption Scheme. He appeals to individuals, communities and businesses to …

Rehabilitation and re-education

from the documentary Searchlight on Japan (PG)

This clip begins with a montage of people on the streets of postwar Japan. The narrator explains that the American Allied occupation forces are transforming Japan from a ‘military dictatorship’ into a democracy. The next …

‘30 million Matsuno-sans’

from the documentary Searchlight on Japan (PG)

This clip begins with scenes of traditional and civilian life in Japan. Matsuno-san, according to the narrator, is an educated civilian of 'good type and a family man’. He reads at home with his family …

Myths, stereotypes and prejudice

from the documentary Whiteys Like Us (G)

In their fifth meeting, the group discusses stereotypes and expose their own prejudices. One participant wants to define what an Aboriginal person is, then expresses a strong resentment towards the 'benefits’ offered to 'welfare groups’.

Learning from international experience

from the documentary Whiteys Like Us (G)

In the seventh session, the Reconciliation Learning Circle group discusses land rights. In separate interviews, members express their views on the issues raised in the group as well as their opinions of other group members.

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