1993, 2 x 55 minute episodes
A comprehensive account of the experiences of a community of Aboriginal people from pre-colonial times to the 1990s. This film makes the connection between Aboriginals in chains in the 19th century and Aboriginal people in prisons today, so providing a deeper understanding of how the violence and denials of the past inform the present. It argues that the relentless removal of the Yindjibarndi/Ngarluma people into coastal ghettos has led to the community’s current problems. Yet it never allows the viewer to forget the significance and influence of spiritual homelands, the bedrock upon which Yindjibarndi/Ngarluma tribal law is based. Above all, Exile and the Kingdom is a beautifully logical and persuasive argument for land rights.
Produced with the assistance of the Australian Film Commission, ScreenWest, ATSIC, AAPA (WA) and Ngurin Aboriginal Corporation. DVD version produced with the assistance of Juluwarlu Aboriginal Corporation and Woodside Energy Limited. Distributed by the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.
DVD contents include: The two part documentary EXILE AND THE KINGDOM and special features including 34 traditional songs, 22 illustrated biographies, multimedia (including a PDF version of Know the Song, Know the Country and various printable notes), awards and credits.