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After the Apology (15*)

Part of Homeland

A still of a demonstration from After the Apology

Four Indigenous Australian women fight to win custody of their grand kids in Larissa Behrendt’s doc, made after the official apology to the ‘stolen generations’.

In 2008 Prime Minister Kevin Rudd officially apologised to the ‘stolen generations’ - Indigenous Australians who suffered forced state-approved removal from their families throughout the 20th century. Larissa Behrendt's moving film reveals that removals of First Nations children have increased by nearly 65% in the years after the apology, and that Indigenous kids are 10 times more likely to be taken in to care than non-indigenous children.

Four courageous grandmothers talk about their own fights to bring their grandchildren home and discuss the grassroots group they have formed. They unite to fight the policies of the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) and hope to spark a national conversation. Behrendt sensitively interviews each woman and makes a powerful case for the need for immediate change.

Australia 2017 Dir Larissa Behrendt 82 min

This screening will begin with a virtual introduction by director Larissa Behrendt.

Please note, this film contains names, images or voices of deceased Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This film contains scenes viewers may find distressing.

Homeland: Films by Australian First Nations directors is supported by the Australian Government as part of the UK/Australia Season 2021-22.

Curated by the Barbican in partnership with Screen Australia. With thanks to Penny Smallacombe and Savannah Glynn-Braun (First Nations Department, Screen Australia).

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