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FRACKING FILM

Very proud to announce our film, What is Fracking?, warning people of the dangers of fracking, has been released on Indigenous Community Television (ICTV) on 1st November 2018, to be played on the ICTV channel in remote Aboriginal communities, but also accessible on ICTVPlay: https://ictv.com.au/video/item/6064. Please re-share widely as this is an important issue in the Kimberley at the moment, with the Western Australian government close to announcing whether or not they will allow fracking in the beautiful Kimberley region!

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On Australian Shores: Survivor Stories

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Watch our series episodes here!

In the 1970s and 1980s, a campaign of weed eradication was started by the Agriculture Protection Board in Western Australia, to eliminate weeds such as Noogoora Burr and Parkinsonia. Many young unemployed Aboriginal men in the Kimberley jumped at the chance of having a well-paid job whilst being able to spend time on country. They sprayed two herbicides, 2,4,5-T and 2,4-D. These, combined together, are known as Agent Orange, which was used during the Vietnam War. These men were told that the herbicides were so safe they could drink them. They were not told to use any protective gear, often coming home with their clothes soaked in the herbicide mixture. Many of them died very young, in their thirties. Many are dying of cancers now. Their partners and children were also affected, with some of their babies born with deformities, and young people dying early of rare cancers. These inter-generational impacts are still affecting their families today. To date, in spite of two inquiries in 2002 and 2004, there has been no official recognition of the plight of the families, or of the government organisation’s lack of duty of care for their employees. 2,4,5-T was banned in the United States in the early 1970s because of its adverse health effects. Scientific reports in the early 1980s raised concerns about health impacts, but nothing was done.

Because of our close relationship with Kimberley families affected by this, we were asked by them to produce a documentary enabling people to tell their personal stories. Thanks to private philanthropic funding, more than 30 interviews were filmed by Alexander Hayes and released on our Ngikalikarra YouTube Channel. We are now in the process of producing the documentary.

Please go to our Ngikalikarra Website for more information on this project: On Australian Shores: Survivor Stories


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A Pitch to Potential Employers

 Photo: Magali McDuffie

Photo: Magali McDuffie

Participatory and emancipatory filmmaking with Indigenous Communities in Australia has been at the core of my PhD research and work practice.

Deep listening, and a people-centred approach, have revealed that Indigenous peoples’ knowledge and ethics have the power to transform our society for the better, for everyone.

Formulating collaborative alternatives to capitalism through environmental humanities will be central to my research and my future employer’s mission statement.

I am ready to travel now – anywhere in the world. Are you ready for me?

Please contact me

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New Publication! Reading the Country, 30 Years On

Very honoured to have a chapter co-written with Dr Anne Poelina published in Reading the Country, 30 Years On, which follows on the original work of Paddy Roe and Stephen Muecke, Reading the Country (1984). 

"Reading the Country: 30 Years On is a celebration of that book—examining not only its place and time of creation but also its movement across social, philosophical and political surfaces, seeping into the way we look and learn and teach about how people are, or could be, part of country.

Recalling a spirit of intellectual risk and respect, in this collection Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars, poets, writers and publishers acknowledge the past and look, with hope, to future transformations of culture and country". 

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Celebrating Achievements at PAKAM!

Time flies... After working at PAKAM for 15 months as a Community Media Trainer, I am sadly relocating to Perth... So I thought it was time for a bit of an update on the work I did with PAKAM with some amazing people. In this time I travelled all over the Kimberley and Pilbara, visiting the communities of Ardyaloon (One Arm Point), Beagle Bay, Djarindjin, Bidyadanga, Balgo, Billiluna, Jigalong, Walkali, Warmun (Turkey Creek), Strelley, and Port Hedland. Below is a sample of all the films I have had the pleasure and privilege to work on with the PAKAM crew as a trainer, cameraperson, and / or editor! You can watch them on ICTVPlay from anywhere in the world! 

KALACC Festival 2017: Strong Women

Remote Communities Utility Workers' Graduation 2017

Wandoo Wahpup

Bedtime Stories Series: Yakulipa Kartantarrijirri (Turtle and Two Ducks)

Ardyaloon Indigenous AFL All Stars Visit

Bedtime Stories Series: Ngakalyalya Piyarrku (Cockatoo and Galah)

The Mary G Live Show 

Looma Lady Eagles Grand Final

Bedtime Stories Series: Kurrparnjipa Manganya (Magpie and Echidna)

Bedtime Stories Series: Wakilypirri Karliparrul (Emu and Turkey)

Bedtime Stories Series: Waparnupa Karnka (Eagle and Crow)

KALACC Festival 2017: Strong Culture

A Day in the Working Life of Minty Sahanna

The Artist Tree

Return to Walkali

Trauma and Healing Workshop at Ngumpan

 

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Film Release: Protecting Country

Protecting Country is an independently produced film bringing the voices of contemporary Adnyamathanha, Gurindji, Tanganekald, Yankunytjatjara Anangu, Mirning, Narungga Aboriginal  people forward who are united in their stand AGAINST the present and planned uranium mining and nuclear dump activities in South Australia. Bruce Hammond, an Aboriginal Tanganekald man with ties to the coast in the lower South East of South Australia and the central desert regions of Finke and Alice Springs in conjunction with Alexander Hayes & Magali McDuffie, from Ngikalikarra Media, brought the ‘Protecting Country’ documentary film on a screening road trip across Australia. We have now released it for everybody to be able to access it!

For more information, go to www.ngikalikarra.org/films

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Guest on the Mary G Live Show!

On October 25th 2017 I had the immense privilege to appear as a guest on the Mary G Live Show in Broome! This amazing show hosted by Mary G, the Black Queen of the Kimberley, is broadcast on the National Indigenous Radio Service and PAKAM Network on Wednesday nights, and has also been featured on SBS Television. This show went live across Australia to Facebook and ICTV (Indigenous Community Television). I was very grateful for the opportunity to talk about our films, and had a lot of fun! 

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PROTECTING COUNTRY SCREENINGS

Our new film, 'Protecting Country' was taken back to country in the Flinders Ranges from Canberra, enjoying screenings at the ACT Parks and Conservation Service, the ANU Co-Op, the Condobolin Wiradjuri Studies Centre, the Shire of Hay, Balranald, the Mildura Mallee District Aboriginal Services, the Joinery in Adelaide,  Hawker, Iga Warta (Nepabunna Community), and Umeewarra Aboriginal Media Association in Port Augusta. The film got excellent feedback both from the communities involved and the public at large and the final cut will be ready in December 2017! It looks like it might also be going to Berlin next year... Stay tuned for updates at Ngikalikarra Media

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NEW FILM OUT! 'PROTECTING COUNTRY'

My partner Alex and I journeyed through South Australia last year, visiting communities and interviewing Aboriginal Elders and leaders about the proposal to put nuclear waste dumps on their country. The message we heard was a resounding NO, from many different communities. And even though the South Australian Government has recently shelved the proposal for a high-level international dump, a low to intermediate level waste dump is still on the cards for the Flinders Ranges. And, as we all know, governments’ bad ideas don’t go away that easily…

As independent filmmakers we thought the issue was too important to ignore: this is about everyone’s future. Alex and I made this film with our own resources, in our own time, we were not paid, funded or sponsored by anyone. Now that our documentary, 'Protecting Country', is completed, we would like to bring it to as wide an audience as possible across Australia, to not only convey the message of the Elders, but to foster discussions around this important issue.

You can follow the film's journey across Australia on our website, www.ngikalikarra.org, and our Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/protectingcountryfilm/. We have also set up a sponsor page: https://goo.gl/ibXMzM to seek support to fund Alex’s road trip across Australia to do screenings in as many communities, towns, and cities as we can. Every little bit helps, even just petrol money for the trip… So please share with your friends, and everyone you know, so we can keep Australia nuclear-free! We are counting on social media for support! Many thanks! 

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NEW JOB! COMMUNITY MEDIA TRAINER, PAKAM

Well, it's official, and I am really, really excited about it... I am now the new Community Media Trainer at the Pilbara and Kimberley Aboriginal Media Association, in Broome! I get to travel to remote communities to train PAKAM employees and new staff in filmmaking and editing... My first trip was to the Tanami Desert, Walkali, 7 hours' drive out of Balgo Community. I also got to visit Ardyaloon, Beagle Bay, Bidyadanga, Jigalong, and Kalumburu. Very exciting! 

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Film Launch - Our Community, Our Story

The film we made last year with the Pandanus Park Community, Our Community, Our Story, was launched on 22nd March in Broome for the visit of the United Nations Special Rapporteur for Indigenous Peoples, Ms Victoria Tauli-Corpuz. Another film of ours, Mardoowarra's Right to Life (2017), was also screened during the visit of the Rapporteur. 

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ANTHROVISION ARTICLE

Anthrovision, Vaneasa Online Journal (European Journal of Visual Anthropology) has published my article in their 2016 Yearly Edition: Visual Creativity and Narrative Research in and on Oceania. This article (Jimbin Kaboo Yimardoowarra Marninil: Listening to Nyikina Women's Voices - Film as a Strategy of Resistance) talks about the use of collaborative film as a methodology in my PhD research, but also more broadly as an act of resistance to neo-colonial oppression, and an empowerment tool for marginalised voices. You can read it at: https://anthrovision.revues.org/2220

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Watervale Award Winner!

I am very honoured to announce that I am the recipient of the 2016 ANU Watervale Award! Every year, this Award recognises the importance of the work of a PhD Scholar at the National Centre for Indigenous Studies. $10,000 is awarded to the recipient to assist in the timely completion of their PhD research. I am very grateful to Ian and Laurel Fisher, the generous sponsors of this Award, for creating this opportunity for students who would otherwise not be able to access a scholarship (mature-age students, single parents, part-time students, etc.). Thank you! 

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Protecting Country: South Australia, No Nuclear Dump

In September and October 2016 we had the amazing opportunity to travel to South Australia to go and interview people on country about their views on the proposed nuclear waste dumps on their country. Our film, 'Protecting Country', featuring interviews with many Aboriginal people and Elders, and the beautiful Flinders Ranges country, will be completed in March/April 2017. In the meantime, you can tune in to our blog: http://www.magalimcduffie.com/travels/ and excerpts of some of the interviews: http://www.magalimcduffie.com/films/

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NULUNGU RESEARCH INSTITUTE - Presentation

On August 11th 2016 I had the opportunity to do a presentation of my research as part of the Talking Heads Seminar Series, Nulungu Research Institute, Notre Dame University, Broome: 'Development and Nyikina Women's Agency: The Importance of 'Booroo' in an International, Inter-cultural Space'

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