The Inner West Film Forum


77 Brighton Street, Petersham, NSW, 2049



Tuesday 25th November 2014  7.30 pm

A Night of Documentary Material relating to the struggle for justice of First Nations Peoples in Darwin, NT.


‘We Live in the Long Grass!’
Produced by Mousetrap Films
2001 Australia

In 2001, on August 3rd, homeless Aboriginal people from long grass camps around the City of Darwin, Northern Territory marched to Darwin’s Parliament House in protest against laws introduced by the Country Liberal Government against ‘anti-social behaviour’, clearly directed at Aboriginal people.

For years a campaign of harassment by the Darwin City Council had angered the campers, whose bedding was often confiscated. In addition, the Council officers regularly issued fifty-dollar infringement notices for sleeping in the open. At night, the ‘yellow top’ wagons from the Coconut Grove Sobering-up Centre and the ‘blue top’ police vehicles forcibly removed campers to the ‘spin dry’ (as the Centre is known).

At the NT elections held two weeks after the August 3rd protest, a Labor Government was elected for the first time since self-government in the Northern Territory. However, the aspirations of the homeless were betrayed by the inaction of the first term of the Clare Martin Government and a subsequent racist election campaign leading to criminalisation of homelessness in 2005 during Labor’s second term of government. The struggle continues today. This unique documentary film was recorded live during the protest, then edited and later released by Mousetrap Films in Darwin.

Forgive us our trespasses

Gojok’s complaint to the Anti-Discrimination Commission’. 

Darwin 1996 – 1997 Video Transfered to DVD in 2008 8 minutes

CHARGED WITH TRESPASSING ON CROWN LAND Bob Bunduwabi was taken from Maningrida in Arnhem Land to the East Armnem Leprosarium in Darwin, where he lived for over 25 years. When the hospital closed he set up his camp on the beach in Coconut Grove. For the next 14 years he was moved by the authorities from camp to camp around Darwin. After starting the 15 Mile Town Camp he lived at Lee Point for many years, until he and his people were evicted again in July 1996. Determined to defend his right to camp in the bush, he returned to Lee Point and refused to leave. The NT Government then charged him with trespassing on Crown Land. After a complaint of discrimination was accepted by the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner, Dawn Lawrie, a last minute injunction against the NT Government allowed Bob to stay at Lee Point until his case was decided. However, Bob fell sick while living under a tarp during heavy monsoon rains. He died in January 1997. This 8-minute DVD tells his story as it was seen on television news in Darwin.

‘Forgive Us Our Trespasses: The struggle continues’ Homeless Aboriginal people fighting for land in Darwin, NT. part two’

After Gojok (Bob Bunduwabi) died a martyr at his Lee Point camp in 1997, homeless Aboriginal people in Darwin held protests outside Parliament House. Later, during the Arafura Games in Darwin in May, a protest camp was built at Lee Point. The campers were given trespass notices but refused to move. After 17 days the protest camp was closed in a dawn police raid with NT Government officials in a convoy of vehicles. They charged one man with trespassing. This 20 minute DVD tells the story of the dramatic events in 1997 using film from television news bulletins.
‘Stand Strong Together! Fighting for Aboriginal Rights in Darwin 1971 – 1996’
Historic Television footage of Darwin Land Rights and Justice Protests from three decades
Plus additional material including some cotemporary footage of the ongoing struggle of First Nations Peoples in Darwin

Presented By Stuart Highway

Stuart lived in Darwin for 25 years and moved to Sydney in 2012. He was involved in campaigns for Aboriginal rights and justice and ran an anarchist stall at Nightcliff Sunday Market for 13 years whose most popular material was the extensive literature on local Aboriginal politics and history.

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Bar open from 7.00 p.m.

The IWFF is a non-profit group dedicated to the screening of important and too infrequently seen films and documentaries and providing a community forum for discussion of issues of social, political and cultural concern.

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