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November 2015
The story of Sean Choolburra, Australia's number one Indigenous stand-up comic, entertainer and dancer. Features stand-up routines, funny family stories and intimate moments.
Roger Knox is often referred to, in the Aboriginal community, as 'the black Elvis'. He has dedicated his life to sharing the gift of music with the world.
To celebrate Poetry Week, four poets are invited to the Vanguard in the happening Sydney suburb of Newtown to take part in an intimate recital sharing their works and experiences as Indigenous people.
Seen through the eyes of Mabo's daughter Gail, this special takes a look into the personal life of one of Australia's most controversial Australian figures of the twentieth century.
Chris Olsen is out on bail and reports daily to Woollo Police Station until his usual routine is interrupted by a community which needs his help. Chris is torn between doing the right thing for himself and helping his community.
Deadly Yarns presents a collection of entertaining and compelling short dramas and documentaries produced by new and emerging Western Australian filmmakers.
Reveals what motivates and inspires each of the seven artists who in 2004 established the Brisbane-based urban Aboriginal artists collective.
Wanja, Aunty Barb's blue heeler dog was an integral part of the community, known to all for her ability to sniff out the police - in uniform and undercover. She was 'the Block's guardian angel'.
A touching, sometimes humorous and ultimately inspiring journey into the lives of Indigenous road workers as they battle to overcome personal struggles and long term unemployment.
We come to the final chapter charting the development of Australia's first Indigenous-written and performed opera - Pecan Summer.
Creator of Pecan Summer Deborah Cheetham works with eight participants who receive tuition in performance skills ranging from vocal ensemble and movement to a Yorta Yorta language class.
'Pecan Summer', the opera, takes us back in time to the events of the 1939 Cummeragunja walk-off where hundreds of Yorta Yorta chose to leave their homes in protest at harsh conditions and treatment by the mission's manager.
The summer series of Message Stick brings you a selection of our best episodes, starting with Mark Bin Bakar - the creator of the outrageous, hilarious Indigenous icon, Mary G.
Hosted by Miriam Corowa, this program recognises, celebrates and promotes Indigenous people and culture.
Frances Bodkin or 'Aunty Fran' is a 76-year-old D'harawal woman from Sydney's south. Despite her age, she works tirelessly to teach traditional Indigenous 'science' to enable a deeper understanding of our natural environment.
Indigenous people recognise that protecting the environment is a shared responsibility and that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's knowledge about land and sea shouldn't be overlooked but celebrated.
From the sharing of traditional knowledge about plants and their medicinal qualities to the protection of the endangered sea turtle, Indigenous people are protecting and managing Australia's unique, natural environment.
We follow a group of students from NAISDA Dance College, near Sydney, as they travel to Saibai to learn firsthand about the history, culture and, of course, dance of the island.
QLD public servant Denise Hagan went to the Indigenous community of Lockhart River for six months and ended up staying for five years. She developed a plan with the involvement of the local community that became a huge success.
October 2015
Mark Bin Bakar is the creator of the outrageous, hilarious Indigenous icon, Mary G. But like lots of comedians his life has been both painful and testing.