The Buwindja Collection
Organisational Streaming Package
For the last 54 years, NAIDOC Week has been Australia’s national moment to learn from, and about, the nation’s rich Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and cultures. To celebrate NAIDOC Week, this year the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia is launching The Buwindja Collection - a curated collection of 17 titles (24 hours) available to stream in full and on demand showcasing a superb array of feature films, documentaries, TV series and animations.
In 2023, the National NAIDOC Week theme is For Our Elders. With a national collection of over 4 million items, the NFSA is uniquely situated to curate and share a collection celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders, in order to shine a light on the icons, trailblazers and dreamers of the Indigenous community.
Highlights include Warwick Thornton’s award-winning Samson & Delilah, Stephen Page’s extraordinary dance film Spear, Essie Coffey’s landmark documentary My Survival As An Aboriginal: NFSA Digital Restoration, the rock n’ roll documentary Wrong Side Of The Road: NFSA Digital Restoration and biographical features about Indigenous leaders including Noel Tovey and Ruby Langford Ginibi.
Buwindja is curated by Gillian Moody, a Wodi Wodi woman and NFSA's Senior Manager, Indigenous Connections. “I curated this collection with the hope of inspiring reflection, imagination and action.
At the National Film and Sound Archive, we believe that sharing stories in our communities and workplaces can sustain commitment to Reconciliation by supporting engagement with difficult but necessary conversations, and by learning from the achievements and celebrations of the past.
Buwindja explores this year's NAIDOC theme For Our Elders and will provide a deeper understanding of the struggles and achievements of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders, and is a chance for your workplace to reflect on the part it can play in ensuring that their voices continue to be heard.”
Organisational streaming access (for government, community, cultural and educational orgs) to Buwindja allows viewing for an unlimited number of times across a 30 day rental period, in full and on demand, across web, mobile and TV on NFSA Player.
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The Buwindja Collection
Diving deep into the NFSA archive to unearth some of the most powerful First Nation gems, as well as celebrating iconic contemporary Indigenous moments in film, the Buwindja Collection explores three strands associated with the NAIDOC 2023 theme: For our Elders including: Arts/Performance/Music (Song & Dance), Community (Sharing Life) and Activism (Trailblazers).
The 17 Buwindja titles include:
2000, 75mins, documentary
An enlightening documentary celebrating the untold story of Australian Aboriginal country music.
1977, 28mins, documentary
The fascinating story of an Aboriginal country music band from the city that tours remote Aboriginal communities in Central Australia for the first time.
Wrong Side Of The Road: NFSA Digital Restoration
1981, 66mins, drama
A compelling and insightful film about rock’n’roll, life on tour and racism in early 1980s Australia with Aboriginal bands No Fixed Address and Us Mob.
The Song Keepers
2018, 84mins, documentary
A funny and poignant story of an Aboriginal women’s choir and their historic first tour of Germany, singing German hymns in their native languages.
2015, 84mins, drama
The powerful directorial debut feature from Stephen Page, Spear tells a contemporary Aboriginal story through movement and dance and features creatives from the world-renowned Bangarra Dance Theatre.
Australian Biography: Noel Tovey
2006, 26mins, documentary
Actor, choreographer and director Noel Tovey speaks about his complex sense of identity and the forces that shaped his extraordinary life.
Australian Biography: Ruby Langford Ginibi
1997, 28mins, documentary
The life of award-winning Bundjalung writer and historian Ruby Langford Ginibi is a story of triumph against the odds.
2010, 8 mins, animation
A groundbreaking Indigenous animation about three adventurous kids who set out for a day of exploration near their camp and make an unexpected discovery that changes their lives forever.
Women Of Utopia
1984, 19 mins, documentary
Discover the captivating world of the women artists of Utopia Station who produce beautiful batik which is sold and exhibited around the world.
2014, 6 x 30min eps, comedy, drama series
A satirical comedy about an Indigenous crew from a remote radio station airing the day-to-day shenanigans of Alice Springs and its surrounding areas.
The Gods Of Wheat Street
2016, 6 x 50min eps, drama series
This moving six-part series tells the story of the Freeburns, an Aboriginal family of local legends, who learn how to let go of the past and tackle the future with a little magic and deadpan humour.
Samson & Delilah
2009, 100mins, drama
Warwick Thornton’s acclaimed debut feature follows two teenagers who escape their dreary small-town existence and embark on a journey of survival.
My Survival As An Aboriginal: NFSA Digital Restoration
1978, 49mins, documentary
The groundbreaking documentary by activist Essie Coffey about the hardships faced by Indigenous Australians and their struggle for cultural survival.
Lousy Little Sixpence: NFSA Digital Restoration
1983, 52mins, documentary
A moving account of five children from the Stolen Generation and the rise of an organised Aboriginal protest movement in NSW in the 1930s.
2018, 52mins, documentary
A sassy, intimate portrait of what it means to be an Indigenous drag queen today.
2012, 105mins, drama
The remarkable life story of Eddie 'Koiki' Mabo, the Torres Strait Islander who spearheaded the High Court challenge that overthrew terra nullius.
2002, 6 x 26min eps, documentary series
A series profiling First Nations Australians who have fought daily battles against discrimination, apathy and ignorance to make a real difference.
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