What's on: Film Screening: Connection to Country

Join the Indigenous people of the Pilbara battle as they attempt to preserve 40,000-year-old cultural heritage from a booming mining industry.

Connection to Country

Connection to Country
Photographer:  © Weerianna Street Media

Event Type:
Special event
14 March 2018 to 14 March 2018
06.00 PM to 07.15 PM
Australian Museum
Members $16 | Adult $20, Concession $18 (includes admission to Culture Up Late: burrabugu - For Tomorrow)

“It's all about connection to country to me - they want to destroy something that they don’t understand. We have had a strong connection and strong governance of our land, and we have a responsibility to pass that on - as we’ve done for the last 40-60 thousand years.” - Tyson Mowarin

Connection to Country follows the Indigenous people of the Western Australian Pilbara and their battle to preserve Australia's 40,000-year-old cultural heritage from the ravages of a booming mining industry. Filmmaker Tyson Mowarin shows the waves of industrialisation and development that threaten sites all over the region, and how he and the people of the Pilbara are fighting back by documenting the rock art, recording sacred sites and battling to get their unique cultural heritage recognised, 'digitised' and celebrated.

"A beautifully shot documentary. It's clear to see that one of the strongest inspirations is the desire to pass on culture and country that is in fact for not only his people, but his young daughter and generations after her. In Connection to Country we are first shown the Burrup Peninsula which is home to the oldest art in the world, outdating the pyramids and Stonehenge by thousands of years. What should be an area that is protected and highly valued by the nation has been decimated by nearby mining and neglect by the government." - Emily Nicol

The screening is part of the Culture Up Late program (burrabugu - For Tomorrow). Tickets to the screening includes free admission to the Australian Museum for Culture Up Late 5-9pm, on the same night.

For enquiries please email programs@austmus.gov.au or call (02) 9320 6311.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this movie may contain images or names of people who have since passed away.


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