The People's Film Club presents: Never Ceded
Sunday, 27 Jan 2019
18:00 – 22:30
Join us on Sunday 27th of January for NEVER CEDED, a celebration of Indigenous resistance in Australia.
The 26th of January is often referred to as ‘Australia Day’, marking the 1788 arrival of the first fleet of British ships at Port Jackson in New South Wales. Since this invasion, Indigenous people have been fighting and resisting colonisation. For Indigenous people, the 26th of January has come to symbolise invasion and loss, but also survival and resistance. Across Australia, Indigenous people lead protests on the 26th of January demanding change and an acknowledgement that their sovereignty was NEVER CEDED.
To mark Invasion day, we will be screening Warwick Thornton’s incredible film ‘We Don’t Need a Map’. This unique documentary explores the history of the Southern Cross constellation as a symbol of both Indigenous culture and racist nationalism in Australia. Join us from 6pm at Redon (Bethnal Green) for Indigenous music, zines, pizza & beers before the film.
Proceeds from this event will be split between two brilliant Indigenous campaigns - Grandmas Against Removals (New South Wales) and the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council's Defence of Country Fund.
"At once benignly mischievous and profoundly serious, We Don’t Need a Map... is a pertinent message for the director’s countrymen and an eye-opening lesson for the world about the proud history and ongoing racial tensions that currently form the crux of the Australian experience … (it) achieves that unique tone of Australian self-deprecation tempered by frustration but resolutely remaining positive about the future.” - Eddie Cockrell, Variety
GMAR NSW- Grandmothers Against Removals New South Wales (https://www.facebook.com/gmarnsw/)
GMAR was started in 2015 by First Nations community members who are directly affected by forced child removals. GMAR is a grassroots community group that works to stop the ongoing Stolen Generations in Australia. Indigenous children are ten times more likely to be removed from their families then their non-Indigenous counterparts. There are currently more Aboriginal children in out-of-home care than at any time in history - over 15,000. Half of these children have not been placed with their extended Aboriginal families, but in non-Aboriginal foster homes and institutions. GMAR representatives say that this policy is having the same effect as the historical Stolen Generations - separating Aboriginal people from their families, communities and culture.
GMAR supports families and communities as they continue to fight against a government system that racially discriminates against Indigenous people.
Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council, Defence of Country Fund (https://www.facebook.com/WanganandJagalingou)
The Wangan and Jagalingou people are the proud Traditional Owners and Native Title Applicants of a vast area of land in central-western Queensland’.
Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners are fighting to defend their lands from Adani – a multi-billion dollar company – and the Queensland and Commonwealth Governments. The Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners after fighting against Adani which is attempting to build one of the world’s largest coal mines in the Galiee Basin in central Queensland.
The Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners need continued financial support to pursue the costly legal fight against Adani.
Redon , 289 Railway Arches , London