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Film Screening: 88
Wed. 25 January 2017, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm AEDT
For many people their memories of the Bicentennial are tied to the Tall Ships coming through Sydney Harbour with Princess Diana and Prince Charles gracing our shores. But at the other end of the city, the March for Justice, Freedom and Hope took place – the largest protest since the Vietnam Moratorium with over 30,000 Aboriginal people marching as a reminder that white Australia has a black history.
88 is a landmark documentary that explores the remarkable events that led up to January 26th 1988, the convoys converging onto Sydney from all corners of the land, the march and its aftermath. It acknowledges Australia’s divisive racial history, but also celebrates the pride and unity which brought people together. Filled with warm-hearted interviews with the key players of the time, it shines a light both on the injustices that the March sought to make public and on the seeds of reconciliation and dialogue which were sown on that day.
‘This superbly crafted documentary from Adrian Russell Wills and Michaela Perske looks at January 26, 1988 … The march was a statement of survival and a reminder of the exclusion of an Aboriginal voice in Australian history. And, as the film documents, it provided a lot of joy to those involved. It reveals a time of happiness and irreverence, with good times in the convoy alongside a sense of purpose.’ - Graeme Blundell, The Australian
The screening is part of the Australian Museums' Ngalu Warrawi Marri (We Stand Strong) Program. Ticket to the screening will give you free admission to the Australian Museum, 5-9pm, 25 January 2017
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this movie may contain images or names of people who have since passed away.