1980, 52 Minutes
On 12 July 1979 the Gilbert Islands in the central Pacific gained independence from British rule. The country then became known as Kiribati.
This film shows the lifestyle of the people of these 33 islands, their history and culture, the natural resources and the effects of colonialism, World War Two, nuclear testing and foreign industry. It also records the celebrations that took place at this important moment in the country’s history and looks to the nation’s future.
Produced for the Government of the Republic of Kiribati by Film Australia and the Australian Development Assistance Bureau. © 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.
Writer/Director: John Shaw
Featured People: Reverend Bernard Thorogood, Princess Anne (Great Britain)
Running Time: 52 Minutes
Classification: Exempt from classification
Curriculum Links: Cultural Studies, Colonialism and Post-Colonialism, Environmental Health, International Relations, Pacific Studies, Philosophy and Ethics, SOSE/HSIE.