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Thomson of Arnhem Land| 55mins
Director: John Moore | Producer: John Moore
Focus Years: 2000 | Country: Australia
Subject Tags: australia, culture, human rights, oceania, race
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
"Thomson of Arnhem Land" tells the story of an Australian anthropologist, photographer and journalist, Donald Thomson, and his lifelong struggle for Aboriginal rights. Beginning in the 1930s, the film documents Thomson's passionate interest in Indigenous culture. It follows his journeys through Arnhem Land and explores his relationships with the great clan leader, Wonggu, and his friend and guide, Raiwalla. The story reveals his professional battles and traces his fight to preserve Indigenous culture under threat from assimilation policies that demanded Aboriginal people must become like white Europeans. "Thomson of Arnhem Land" also gives us an insight into the personality clashes and politics behind the assimilationist policies that aimed to deny Indigenous Australians their culture.

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