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“WE DON’T NEED A MAP”: AICHO Indigenous Film Screening Series
October 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Writer/Director: Warwick Thornton (Kaytej Nation)
A bold and provocative essay film by Warwick Thornton about the deeply spiritual meaning of the Southern Cross constellation for Aboriginal people.
The Southern Cross is the most famous constellation in the southern hemisphere. Ever since colonization, it’s been claimed, appropriated and hotly-contested for ownership by a radical range of Australian groups. But for Aboriginal people the meaning of this heavenly body is deeply spiritual. And just about completely unknown. For a start, the Southern Cross isn’t even a cross – it’s a totem that’s deeply woven into the spiritual and practical lives of Aboriginal people.
Imbued with Warwick’s cavalier spirit, this is a thought-provoking ride through Australia’s cultural and political landscape, confronting racism as it goes. It is a challenging, poetic exploration of who Australians are as a nation.