NFSA Live presents Mabo: Life of an Island Man + Q&A

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Free online screening of MABO: LIFE OF AN ISLAND MAN + Q&A with director Trevor Graham

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Next in our series of NFSA Live events, and in celebration of National Reconciliation Week, we are proud to present a free online screening of the documentary Mabo: Life of an Island Man, followed by a live Q&A session with director Trevor Graham.

The documentary Mabo: Life of an Island Man tells the private and public story of Eddie Mabo; it has been digitally restored as part of our NFSA Restores program.

Following the live stream of this important, and now beautifully restored, film, join director Trevor Graham and NFSA Indigenous Connections Manager, Tasha James for a Q&A session around the making of the film, Graham’s personal connection with Eddie Mabo, and the importance of Mabo’s work in the historic decision of 1992.

You will be able to ask Trevor questions via live chat on the night, or send them in advance to by Thursday May 28.

Register now to be reminded by email before we go live. The live stream will be available at We hope to see you then!

WARNING: this film contains names, images or voices of deceased Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

About NFSA Restores: Mabo: Life of an Island Man

Born on Murray Island in the Torres Strait, Eddie Koiki Mabo changed Australia’s legal and political landscape forever.

On 3 June 1992, following a ten-year legal battle, and six months after Eddie Mabo's tragic death, the High Court of Australia upheld his claim that Murray Islanders held 'native title' to three islands on the eastern fringe of the Torres Strait. Mabo's actions helped change the legal and political landscape of Australia. 

In 2017 the National Film and Sound Archive worked on Mabo: Life of an Island Man as part of the NFSA Restores program, which seeks to digitise, restore and preserve Australian films so they can be seen in today’s digital cinemas (and now online!).

About National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is celebrated over the same dates each year; 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

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