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NSW: Ngarraanga nginundi Yuludara - Remember your Dreaming - 3 June 2013

VIC: 2013 Victorian Indigenous Honour Roll Road Show Exhibition - 3 June 2013

ACT: First Ladies: Significant Australian Women 1913 to 2013  - 4 June 2013

NATIONAL: Black Screen films for NAIDOC Week - 4 June 2013

NSW: Debil Debil - 4 June 2013

NSW: Live and Deadly: Forums at Carriageworks - 4 June 2013

NT: National Native Title Conference 2013 - 4 June 2013

QLD: Mother Courage and Her Children - 4 June 2013

VIC: Ghost Citizens: Witnessing the Intervention - 4 June 2013

NSW: Sydney Film Festival - 5 June 2013

NSW: Bangarra's 2013 Community Outreach Program - 6 June 2013

NSW: 19th International Symposium on Electronic Art and Carriageworks presents: Naala-Ba - 7 June 2013

NSW: BLAK - 7 June 2013

NSW: Tribal Warrior - Vivid Harbour Cruise - 7 June 2013

NT: Barunga Music, Sports and Cultural Festival - 7 June 2013

NSW: Brenda L Croft - Vivid Ideas Mapping Cultures Session - 8 June 2013

CASM Bandnight - 13 June 2013

NSW: Christine Anu: REWIND: The Aretha Franklin Songbook - 14 June 2013

NT: 2013 Alice Springs Beanie Festival Competition - 21 June 2013

NSW: BREAKING GROUND - mid year show - 25 June 2013

NSW: The Commercial: Michael Riley, Portraits 1984 - 1990 - 28 June 2013

NSW: Tjupi Band - 29 June 2013


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5 June 2013 to 15 June 2013

NSW: Sydney Film Festival


Wed 5 Jun, 7:30 PM: Mystery Road.

The 60th Sydney Film Festival opens at the State Theatre on 5 June with the Australian world premiere of Ivan Sen's murder mystery, Mystery Road.

Fri 14 Jun 9:00 PM and Sat 15 Jun 7:15 PM: The Chuck In

The Chuck In tells the tale of three 16-year-old boys who concoct an elaborate plan to purchase a carton of liquid gold.

Thu 13 Jun, 9:15 PM: Aboriginal HeArt

Aboriginal HeArt, will also screen. Directed by indigenous emerging director Michelle Blanchard, Aboriginal HeArt is the story of a young city doctor in rural NSW who gets bamboozled by the gentle cunning and stunning art of six local aboriginal women.

Sat 15 Jun 4:00 PM and Sun 16 Jun: Ngurrumbang

Screening in the Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films category is Ngurrumbang, in which the fiery daughter of a colonial farmer discovers the truth behind her family's new land after she saves a wounded Aboriginal boy from drowning.

Sat 15 Jun 7:15 PM: Big Name No Blanket

The charismatic and inspirational frontman of the Warumpi Band, George Rrurrambu Burarrawanga, hailed from Elcho Island, off the coast of Arnhem Land. George moved to Papunya (northwest of Alice) to get married and joined Sammy Butcher, his brother-in-law, in a band named after a small local community and honey-ant dreaming site. With Sammy on guitar, his brother Gordon on drums and songwriter Neil Murray, they took to the road. The first musicians ever to release a pop record in an Aboriginal language - 'Jailanguru Pakarnu' or 'Out of Jail' - they rocked Australia from the Centre out in the '80s.

Steven McGregor's impressive documentary, filled with interviews, clips and scorching music, follows George's story, from his island home to his premature demise.

Wed 12 Jun 6:45 PM: Buckskin

Like many young Aboriginal men, Jack Buckskin grew up not knowing his traditional language and culture, as it had been driven almost to extinction a hundred years ago. Living on the edge of Adelaide, a life-changing event set him on a new path.

Now Jack is on a mission to renew the Kaurna language and culture, the language of the Adelaide Plains, and teach it to as many people as he can in his lifetime. As his Uncle Steve says, "People who are still very strong in their culture walk differently." And Jack Buckskin is no exception to this.

Fri 14 Jun 7:30 PM: Wrong Side of the Road

Roads, rock and racism! This iconic '80s film, hailed as a game changer, has been brought back to life frame by painstaking frame. The soundtrack, in all its reggae-infused glory, has been restored to the filmmaker's original vision. The film follows two days in the lives of Aboriginal bands Us Mob and No Fixed Address, as they trek from Port Adelaide to Point Pearce, South Australia.

The co-writers and band members - Bart Willoughby, Chris Jones, John Miller, Veronica Rankine, Ronnie Ansell, Peter 'Pedro' Butler and Wally McArthur - play themselves. The story is based on their real-life experiences and those of their community. Us Mob favours hard rock, No Fixed Address prefers a Jamaican reggae beat. This uncompromising film and its empowering music is as fresh and relevant today as it was 32 years ago.


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