john pilger utopia


Utopia - A film by John Pilger - Official trailer

One of the most extraordinary films about Australia is soon to be released in the UK. This is Utopia, an epic production by the Emmy and Bafta winning film-maker and journalist John Pilger.

Utopia is a vast region in northern Australia and home to the oldest human presence on earth. “This film is a journey into that secret country,” says Pilger in Utopia. “It will describe not only the uniqueness of the first Australians, but their trail of tears and betrayal and resistance - from one utopia to another.”

I’m so happy that Coldplay filmed in front of, and featured, the I have a dream mural in their video! I don’t know if they realise it, or if people on tumblr will realise it, but by including the mural, and hence the Aboriginal flag, they are doing something that needs to be done, making people aware, on a global scale, of the mistreatment of Aboriginals in Australia which continues today. So yeah, if you see this, and you don’t know, search up Aboriginal Australia, watch John Pilgers documentary ‘Utopia’ and learn. Thank you so much Coldplay.


Rosalie Kunoth-Monks inspires with her Q&A speech: “I am not the problem”

[transcript: You know, I have a culture. I am a cultured person. (Speaking Arrernte) I’m talking another language. And my language is alive. I am not something that fell out of the sky for the pleasure of somebody putting another culture into this cultured being. John shows what is an ongoing denial of me. I am not an Aboriginal or, indeed, Indigenous. I am Arrernte, Alyawarre, First Nations person, a sovereign person from this country. (Speaking Arrernte) This is the country I came out from. I didn’t come from overseas. I came from here. My language, in spite of whiteness trying to penetrate into my brain by assimilationists - I am alive, I am here and now - and I speak my language. I practise my cultural essence of me. Don’t try and suppress me and don’t call me a problem. I am not the problem. I have never left my country nor have I ceded any part of it. Nobody has entered into a treaty or talked to me about who I am. I am Arrernte Alyawarre female elder from this country. Please remember that. I am not the problem.] 

“Minerals from Aboriginal land in Western Australia, are shipped to China for a billion dollars profit a week. In this, the richest state, the jails bulge with stricken ­Aboriginal people, with mothers pleading at the gate for the release of their juveniles. The ­incarceration of black Australians here is eight times that of black South Africans in the last decade of apartheid.

When Nelson Mandela was buried this week, his struggle against apartheid was duly celebrated in Australia, though the irony was missing. Apartheid was defeated largely by a global campaign from which the South African regime never recovered.

Similar opprobrium has seldom found its mark in Australia, principally because the Aboriginal population is so small and governments have been successful in dividing and co-opting its leaders with gestures and vacuous promises.

That may well be changing. A resistance is growing, yet again, in the Aboriginal heartland, especially among the young. Unlike the US, Canada and New Zealand, which have made treaties with their first people, Australia has offered gestures often wrapped in the law.

But in the 21st century the outside world is starting to pay attention. The spectre of Mandela’s South Africa is a warning”.

John Pilger