Am Freitag (27. Februar) in Iserlohn Dokumentarfilm über Australian Aborigines

Aboriginal activists

Der gebürtige Australier John Pilgerein mehrfach ausgezeichneter und in London lebender Journalist, hat schon lange eine enge Verbindung zu den Ureinwohnern Australiens, den Aboriginal People. In seinem Film "Utopia" bietet er eine beindruckende Darstellung der ältesten bestehenden Kultur der Erde. Der Film untersucht u.a. ihre Unterdrückung in der kolonialen Vergangenheit sowie ihre heutige Ausbeutung durch den Abbau von Bodenschätzen. Hat Australien - das gemeinhin als 'lucky country', also als 'glückliches Land', bezeichnet wird - heute Verhältnisse vergleichbar mit denen der Apartheid in Südafrika?


Utopia erzählt eine universelle Geschichte von Macht und Wiederstand im heutigen Medienzeitalter - angetrieben von der Vergangenheit und beeinflusst durch die aktuellen politischen Strömungen....

Haus Letmathe, Clara-Deneke-Saal, Hagener Strasse 62, Iserlohn-Letmathe, 7 p.m.

Special introduction and Q&A Session in German

Eine deutsch-australische Veranstaltung von Amnesty International Iserlohn und Sydney in Zusammenarbeit mit der Stadtbücherei Iserlohn.



See trailer, flyer,  poster, leaflet in A5 , press release in German, WAZ newspaper article in German.



Also see: WAZ: Human Rights: Welcome by Aboriginal People
21 Feb 15: "Sabine Kacha is actively committed to the Aboriginal people in Australia. Born in Letmathe, Sabine has been living in Australia for seven years now, and advocates for the rights of Aboriginal people, including with the help of presentations in her homeland. "Australia is not only the lucky country for tourists". At the moment, she is back in Letmathe, to raise awareness of the injustice towards Aboriginal people, organised by her through a presentation together with the local Amnesty International group. ... On Friday 27th of February at 7 o'clock you are invited to a free film screening of "Utopia" by John Pilger at Letmathe library in Germany." Helmut Rauer

Film review in German:  Verheerende Zustände in einem Land namens Utopia

"I cried like I had lost a family member watching this film... a must-see for all Australians"




Snippets from reviews: mismatch between indigenous communities and mining wealth -  shocking secret in Utopia - breaking the great silence of Australia's past - Australia’s silent apartheid - Australia's dirtiest secret - "Utopia" seeks change for Aboriginal Australians - brutal theft of a continent - hard-hitting investigation - certainly worth watching and indeed, it might be worth watching more than once - appalling social and economic apartheid - One of the most extraordinary films about Australia. - bloodboiling assessment of his homeland’s relationship with its indigenous people - Pilger made Utopia to make Australians sit up and listen. It's no-nonsense, provocative, powerful and sickening stuff. - an important advocate for their cause, and provides the Aboriginal peoples with a voice - impassioned, superbly put together polemic fuelled by Pilger’s considerable ire. You are virtually guaranteed to be appalled - Pilger asks important questions concerning one of the most poverty-stricken areas in the world - Pilger's voice is a calm yet impassioned one and it deserves to be heard in this extraordinary film. - a staggering, furious, essential film. It will dishearten you, yet it must be seen. - one of the most necessary documentaries I have seen in some time. - It’s your duty to watch this documentary. - deserves to be seen in every Australian school - an important film on a topic too rarely addressed - fascinating, thought-provoking - touches on the core issue of racism in the Australian community - should be seen by as many people as possible - at times a fascinatingly morbid account of the travails of an oppressed people - Pilger's energy makes everything hit home hard. - Powerful and revealing - eye-opening and memorable ... definitely worth seeking out - well-paced and immersive - deeply moving and shocking - One of the most extraordinary films about Australia. - both a personal journey and universal story of power and resistance - shoves a contemporary atrocity under our noses - should be seen by everyone - named in Top 5 films of 2013 - chilling expose of our collective failure to address the ongoing crimes committed against Indigenous Australians - Pilger uncovers an ignored truth. Despite the magnificent wealth of this country, its first peoples have inherited a legacy of disadvantage that has compounded since the very first days of invasion. It’s compounded by government neglect and apathy, by watered down promises replacing land rights with “reconciliation” and the failure to recognise the ability of Aboriginal people to control their own lives, to grant them true self-determination. …. But the film also showcases the strength and resilience of Aboriginal people. One of my favourite quotes from Utopia is made by Anmatyerr elder Rosalie Kunoth Monks:“What amazes me is there is not that hatred, because that’s beneath our dignity to hate people. We have not got that… but us old people have to start thinking about righting the wrong, the awful wrong that continues to happen to us and ours.” – Utopia … is named after a barren Aboriginal homeland in the Northern Territory visited by Pilger: a place of abject poverty where people live in dilapidated homes made of cancer-causing asbestos; where kitchens, bathrooms, running water, sanitation and electricity do not exist; where children sleep head-to-toe on soiled, broken mattresses; and where cockroaches crawl into their ears...- Everyone in Australia should see this film - I am an urban Aboriginal man; I wasn't brought up into my culture, I don't have my language, nor my kinship system to live by. My mum was part of the stolen generations and, because of this, my mum and her three boys never learnt what it meant to be Aboriginal. Utopia has shown me how, over 225 years, the Europeans, and now the governments that run our country, have raped, killed and stolen from my people for their own benefit. The total injustices that have been played out since colonisation are absolutely shameful, and I now find it hard to say I am proud to be Australian. - Mainstream Australia has long lacked a real education about Aboriginal people, about our shared history, and this nation's brutal past. Fortunately, there's a simple way in – an opportunity to get … the truth about the treatment of Aboriginal Australians. John Pilger's latest film, Utopia - a 110-minute feature length documentary more than two years in the making - should be required viewing for all Australians, in particular lawmakers. - For the last few weeks, I've seen a film bring together Aboriginal people all over Australia. The buzz around Utopia - a documentary by John Pilger - has been unprecedented. Some 4000 people attended the open-air premiere in Redfern last month - both indigenous and non-indigenous Australians - and yet little appeared in the media about an event that the people of Redfern say was a ''first''. This silence has since been broken by a couple of commentators whose aggression seemed a cover for their hostility to the truth about Aboriginal people. - This film …. forensically dissects decades of official racism, one bungled policy at a time. This is the most eviscerating public document on the state of Aboriginal Australians I can recall. Pilger asks some urgent health and social questions before looking at incarceration rates and death in custody, land rights and mining, the removal of babies and what exactly did the Rudd apology change. But the highlight is probably Pilger’s unravelling of the vast lie behind the Howard government NT intervention. - John Pilger describes the suppression of Australia's bloodied history while veneration for its colonial wars and the rise of militarism excludes the true story of the 'the greatest expropriation of land in world history'. - A convincingly powerful spark of an all-too-infrequently discussed issue - a bleak picture of life for the aboriginal people - awful truth behind white Australia's dysfunctional relationship with Indigenous Australians - shocking poverty of Australia's indigenous communities - disjuncture between the utopian fantasy of white Australia and the dystopian fantasy on which it is built - A shocking and important piece of investigative journalism - If you want to see corruption in the raw, track down Utopia - The outrages he uncovers should shame a nation. - highlights the plight of indigenous Aussies. - the unmistakable ring of truth - confrontational, eye-opening and saddening viewing



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