by Claire Lhuede
Karla Grant. Image: claudine thornton photography
Karla Grant's new series celebrates Indigenous creatives and stories
Karla Grant Presents is a selection of half-hour documentaries hosted by prolific journalist and TV personality Karla Grant. Karla introduces the films, delving into each, offering her personal insights and contextualising each story for the audience. All of the documentaries have been created by Indigenous filmmakers, aimed at showcasing diverse stories from across Australia.
Karla hosts this special collection of primarily NITV commissioned documentaries in order to assist the understanding of the importance of Indigenous storytelling for viewers. From the 19thof August, every Monday at 8.30pm NITV will air a documentary hosted by Karla Grant as part of the special Karla Grant Presents series.
Some of the highlights for the initial weeks include:
ELEMENTS – From Monday 19 August to Monday 9 September
Elements is a four part series exploring nature’s elements Earth, Water, Wind and Fire – through the unique perspective of Indigenous people from Mornington Island, Saibai, Seisia, Bamaga, Dauan Island and Wujul Wujul. Elements explores the deep personal connections Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have with the elements through country, song, dance and spirituality.
THE KIMBERLEY MAN – Monday 16 September
Filmmaker Jeremy Thomson goes on a journey to discover more about his fascinating grandfather, Indigenous Politician Ernie Bridge, a man who transformed tribulation into triumph giving the Aboriginal people of the Kimberley an unprecedented voice in Western Politics.
ELSTA FOY – Monday 23 September
Elsta Foy is a Walman Yawuru Elder from Broom, Western Australia. Her life was full of hurdles, but she was determined to make a difference, to be different and to change the system for Indigenous people. Being an Indigenous woman the odds were stacked against her, however she forged ahead to become a community leader and an inspirational pioneer in the health sector.
LOST DIAMONDS – Monday 30 September
In the heat of WWII a mysterious package is on board a plane fleeing Java, Indonesia - suddenly the plane is shot down and crash lands at a desolate beach. Six days later, the survivors unknowingly abandon a fortune of diamonds. 70 years on action man, Phil Breslin, is on a mission to unlock the hidden secrets that have lay dormant in the archives of Australian history. Navigating the wild Kimberley coast, he meets with the local elders and explores folklore that has transcended generations. Will he unlock the secrets of the Lost Diamonds?
UTOPIA GENERATIONS – Monday 7 October
Cowboy Loy Pwerle is the traditional 'boss' of Mosquito Bore and Arlparra, Utopia in the Northern Territory. Cowboy is worried about his grandson Jermiah, who is seemingly lost to the perils of urban life in Port Augusta. Jermiah has been living in Port Augusta for seven years and has missed Men's Business. Cowboy travels from Utopia to implore Jermiah to change his ways and return to Country and his traditional culture. Will Jermiah heed his grandfather's words, return to Utopia to become a man under Tribal Law and take his place? If so, will it be enough to turn his life around?
Marcia Langton says Aboriginal people in big cities are not disadvantaged
[Greg Roberts, Walcha News Online]
Prominent indigenous academic Marcia Langton says Aboriginal people in big cities are not disadvantaged, and handing out taxpayer funds to help them is hurting those in desperate need.
Aboriginal woman urges tourists to stop scaling Uluru
[Tom Place, Daily Mail]
Natalie Ray is one of the Anangu people, who are the traditional owners of Uluru and its surrounding areas, and said she felt a deep connection with the sacred site.
Governor General David Hurley launches inaugural Aurukun Kapani Cup
supplied by PM&C
The Kapani Cup was a bush skills competition held in Aurukun recently. There were teams from the Communities of Wujal Wujal, Doomadgee, Yarrabah and Aurukun.