Open from: 19:30
Screenings from: 20:30
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Friday, April 13, 2018
Coinciding with the current ‘Stolenwealth Games’ Aboriginal protest to the Commonwealth Games in Queensland, the Berlin Aboriginal Solidarität Netzwerk will screen two films, We Fight (Guniwaya-ngigu) (1982) and 30th Anniversary of the Commonwealth Games Protests 1982 (2012). Contained behind cyclone fencing and dubbed ‘Camp Freedom,’ the current protest marks Aboriginal peoples’ resistance to colonial rule, and echoes the significant protests against the Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, 1982. Following the screenings, filmmaker Madeline McGrady (co-director, Guniwaya-ngigu (We Fight), 1982), Dewi Djamal Wilson (producer, 30th Anniversary of the Commonwealth Games Protests 1982, 2012) and Samuel Watson (activist at Camp Freedom and filmmaker, of the Wanjiburrah People, Yugembeh language group) will Skype into the event. As x-embassy is located in the former Australian Embassy to East Germany, the building itself recalls a fragmented history of exchanges between the socialist state and Aboriginal activists from the 1950s to the 1980s.
We Fight (Guniwaya-ngigu) (1982)
Directors: Madeline McGrady, Tracey Moffatt
„We Fight (Guniwaya-ngigu) is a rare documentary about Aboriginal resistance to the Brisbane Commonwealth Games of 1982. Hundreds of activists occupied Musgrave Park in South Brisbane as a campsite and performance area and fought against the Games and the racist government of Joh Bjelke-Petersen. About 300 were arrested.
The film reveals the passion, bravery, solidarity and power of the Aboriginal people who came from all parts of Australia to demonstrate in solidarity against the notorious and repressive Queensland Aborigines Act.
In one memorable scene in the film then Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser is seen arriving at an official event adjacent to Musgrave Park. As he is rushed into the venue, a large crowd of demonstrators jeer him from across the road, to the strains of legendary Aboriginal musicians like Bart Willoughby and Joe Geia performing in a concert deep within Musgrave Park.“
– Text Source: Creative Spirits
Many thanks to the Radical Times Archives for providing us with access to the full version of this film for screening purposes.
30th Anniversary of the Commonwealth Games Protests 1982 (2012)
Produced by BIMA Vision, the Brisbane Indigenous Media Association.
Organised by Berlin Aboriginal Solidartät Network. Further information in English und auf Deutsch unten: