As a history buff, and somebody who has taken a deep interest Australia’s Frontier Wars… I hope this film does justice to (I don’t know which nation is depicted in the film, but the elder is played by real life Yolngu ceremonial leader Witiyana Marika) it’s subject matter and the trauma that is still felt today.
I hope that this film and films like it, can help dispell cultural myths about Australia’s history.
It looks good, but time will tell.
A good place for anybody to start if they would like to read about the Frontier Wars and Aboriginal resistance to European occupation, I strongly suggest reading up on Tjandamarra.
Tjandamarra was a man of the Bunuba nation of the Kimberly region and he led several years of war against police, colonial militia and colonial military. His use of firearms, horses, and misdirection in a way complimentary to traditional knowledge kept the colonial authorities under constant stress without being able to draw Tjandamarra and the Bunuba into a disadvantagious confrontation…. as well as exploiting the superstions of colonials about “black magic” by using stealth, theft and wheat flour to leave “ghost footprints” in guarded areas creating fear in his enemies.
I very much recommend reading about him. He is a historical figure worthy of respect and more than deserves his place as a cultural hero. Though be warned, his execution and the treatment of his remains is disturbing, extremely disrespectful and remains so.