by John Pilger, 2013, 112 min., English, AUS
Saturday, 13.09., 18.30 h, Kino 1 / INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIA
One of the most extraordinary films about Australia, this is Utopia, an epic production by the Emmy and Bafta winning film-maker and journalist John Pilger. Utopia is a vast region in northern Australia and home to the oldest human presence on earth. “This film is a journey into that secret country,” says Pilger in Utopia. “It will describe not only the uniqueness of the first Australians, but their trail of tears and betrayal and resistance – from one utopia to another.”
About John Pilger
John Pilger has been a war correspondent, author and filmmaker. An Australian, he is only one of two to win British journalism’s highest award twice. For his documentary films, he has won an Emmy and a British Academy Award, a BAFTA. He is a recipient of Australia’s international human rights award, the Sydney Peace Prize, for “enabling the voices of the powerless to be heard” and “for fearless challenges to censorship in any form”. He has made 58 documentary films; his most recent were The War on Democracy and The War You Don’t See.
Post screening discussion
Utopia is the most recent film from renowned documentary maker John Pilger as he takes a journey into the outback of Australia and visits communities that are home to the oldest living culture on earth. Following the film will be a discussion with Sarah Reinke, Head of the Berlin Office of the Society for Threatened Peoples (Gesellschaft für bedrohte Völker), Marion Caris, Advocate of Aboriginal Rights, and Melinda Barlow, Freelance Writer and former Health Worker in the Northern Territory.