Utopia - Trailer
Director John PilgerYear 2013Genre(s) Documentaries
For around 40,000 years before the British settled there in the 1700s, Australia was the home to its indigenous people. However, things for the natives when their land became the property of a more developed nation with a much more powerful government. Their lifespans dropped due to new diseases arriving and many were rounded up, chained and sent to concentration camps. It was purely down to the racial ignorance of a more 'civilised' culture and it means that now the native Austrailians are a minority in their own country. Filmmaker John Pilger sets out 200 miles from Alice Springs to the sandy wilderness of Utopia; a poverty-stricken slum housing only the country's indigenous people who, even now, are often treated like trespassers themselves.
Directed and written by BAFTA nominated journalist John Pilger ('The War on Democracy', 'Apartheid Did Not Die') with his frequent co-director Alan Lowery, 'Utopia' demonstrates a story of hypocrisy and ignorance and challenges the idea of nationalism and power. Pilger first documented the incredible Aborigines in 1985 with his film 'The Secret Country: The First Australians Fight Back' and now reveals how things are yet to change for this wronged group of people. It is set to his UK cinemas on November 15th 2013.
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