Maralinga Tjarutja (2020)
Written & Directed by Larissa Behrendt, 52 minutes
Thursday 29 July, 6pm [REGISTER]
Saturday 4 September, 2pm [REGISTER]
Saturday 11 September, 1–2pm [REGISTER]
To accompany Yhonnie Scarce’s exhibition Missile Park, the IMA presents two free screenings of the award-winning documentary Maralinga Tjarutja (2020). This film examines nuclear histories (pasts, presents, and futures), colonisation, and the forced removal and relocation of Indigenous communities.
Maralinga Tjarutja focuses on the Maralinga people, who have lived on their lands for over sixty thousand years, and the colonising forces that led to the institutionalisation of the Maralinga people in the Ooldea Mission in the 1920s. This forced dispossession intensified through the use of their lands for the British Nuclear Test Program between 1953 and 1963. The Maralinga people fought for the clean-up of the radioactive and other contamination, for compensation, and for the handback in 2009 of the Maralinga Village and Test Sites.
Join one of these free screenings to learn more about our country’s dark history of nuclear testing and how Indigenous communities have reclaimed custodianship of their lands.
Larissa Behrendt Biography
Larissa Behrendt is an award-winning writer/director and author of fiction and non-fiction with a passion for telling the stories of Indigenous Australia. She has a legal background, is an experienced researcher and is involved with several arts organisations and educational programs. She won the 2018 Australian Directors Guild Award for her documentary After the Apology which premiered at the Adelaide Film Festival in 2017. She also wrote and directed the Walkley nominated documentary Innocence Betrayed which aired on NITV in 2014. Her short film, Under Skin, In Blood, screened at the Sydney Film Festival and Melbourne International Film Festival in 2015. Her short film Clan won Best Documentary at the Canberra Short Film Festival and the Shorts Film Festival in Adelaide in 2015. Her short film, Barbara, has been nominated for an AACTA award and Dendy Awards. Larissa is the host of Speaking Out on the ABC National Radio network.
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