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Undermined and Overwhelmed

Undermined and Overwhelmed

UNDERMINED: TALES FROM THE KIMBERLEY is a dramatic documentary that examines how our state’s Kimberley region is under threat, with mining, pastoralism and irrigated agriculture driving an unprecedented land grab. Featuring is the documentary is young Traditional Owner Albert Wiggan who will present the special screening at Luna Leederville on Monday 18 February, 6.30pm, and take part in a Q&A after the film, hosted by Ten Perth News presenter Narelda Jacobs.

This an urgent film about Indigenous rights in an untouched part of Australia on the brink of unfettered development, with industry and government now opening up the Kimberley for mining, fracking and industrial-scale irrigated agriculture. Meanwhile scientists, Traditional Owners and archaeologists are racing to have the Kimberley World Heritage-listed for its unique cultural and ecological assets. This is a complex story which demands the attention of all Australians and indeed the world.

UNDERMINED investigates the politics of an area now branded “the future economic powerhouse of Australia,” and what this means for our First People and their unique cultural landscapes. As pressure from industry exposes the limits of Indigenous land rights, what will remain of over 200 remote Aboriginal communities? We follow young leader Albert Wiggan, veteran cattleman Kevin Oscar and Senior Elder June Davis through David-and-Goliath battles to preserve their homelands, asking the question: for whose benefit is this development?

Special guest at the Luna Q&A, Albert Wiggan, is also Co-Producer & Indigenous Consultant on the film. Albert is a Bardi man from Dampier Peninsula, and a writer and performer who trained at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. He is known for OLD COUNTRY NEW COUNTRY (SBS) and has toured world stages with John Butler.

UNDERMINED: TALES FROM THE KIMBERLEY opens at Leederville and Broome Movies on February 21. Tickets are on sale now from the cinema or online

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