Sister, If You Only Knew


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1975, 51 Minutes

This film explores the pressures experienced by Aboriginal women living in the city, and the effect that these pressures also have on their men and their children. In spite of all life's difficulties, the women seem to survive the urban environment better than the men. Their humour, intelligence and resilience in the face of adversity shines through.

Before this film went into production, the producer and director agreed with the women participants that they would have the final say on the film content. When the women saw the edited film, they did not want one thing changed. "It tells the truth and that is what is important" they said.

Made for the Department of Aboriginal Affairs. A Film Australia Production. © 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.


Director: Janet Isaac

Featured People: Leila Rankine, Glad Elphick, Ruby Hammond, Mary Williams

Year: 1975

Running Time: 51 Minutes

Classification: Exempt from classification

Curriculum Links: Indigenous Australian Studies; Australian History; English - Identity, Place and Culture; English K-10 'Insights into Aboriginal experiences in Australia'; HSIE (Aboriginal Studies Stage 6); PDHPE; HSIE/SOSE.


Why Can’t They Be Like We Were? (Amy)

SKU 002810300
Brand Film Australia

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