The 3rd June is Mabo Day, a day to celebrate the achievements of Torres Strait Islander, Eddie Mabo in his campaign for Indigenous land rights. Learn about Indigenous Australians' experiences in this incredible documentary, which 'describe not only the uniqueness of the first Australians, but their trail of tears and betrayal and resistance - from one utopia to another... Utopia is both a personal journey and universal story of power and resistance and how modern societies can be divided between those who conform and a dystopian world of those who do not'.
Reconciliation Week (27th March - 3rd June) is an opportunity for non-Indigenous Australians to educate themselves about the inequalities Indigenous Australians face and how to be a good ally. Tudawali is a film about 'Robert Tudawali, the first Aboriginal film star, whose lead role in Jedda is iconic in Australian cinema. The film traces the life of Tudawali from the moment he's selected to play the lead in Jedda, right through until his premature death at around age 40 from severe burns. It also portrays the stark contrasts between Tudawali's home outside Darwin, and his life in Sydney, where he did most of his filming for movies and TV series'.
Celebrate Men's Health Week this June (10th - 16th) with this inspiring documentary. 'Overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe Cross was at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. With doctors and conventional medicine unable to help, Joe traded in junk food and hit the road with a juicer and generator in tow, vowing only to drink fresh fruit and vegetable juice for 60 days. Across 3,000 miles Joe had one goal in mind: [t]o get off his pills and achieve a balanced lifestyle'.
International Men's Health Week (10th - 16th June) raises awareness of men's health issues, one of which is mental health. Men's Groups is 'the story of six very different men... [who] meet once a week... to talk... [T]hey begin [as] complete strangers [but] soon discover that they have something in common, being male. As trust grows between them they gradually begin to share as they learn to listen to each other. They discover that they are not quite so alone in their fears as they had presumed'.
The 16th - 22nd June is Refugee Week. Come to appreciate the plight of refugees, particularly asylum seekers, with this documentary. 'This film [explores] the real impact of Australia's offshore detention policies... Chasing Asylum explores the mental, physical and fiscal consequences of Australia's decision to lock away families in unsanitary conditions hidden from media scrutiny, destroying their lives under the pretext of saving them'.
The Other Side of Hope is a 'hilarious and poignant comedy... about the friendship between a newcomer to Helsinki and a budding - if completely inexperienced - restaurateur. After arriving in Finland from Syria as a stowaway on a freighter, Khaled applies for asylum. Things don't look encouraging, and not all locals present a welcoming face. But after crossing paths with stoic travelling shirt salesman-turned-entrepreneur Wikstrom, he finds an unlikely source of kindness and connection. When Khaled eventually receives news of his missing sister, Wikstrom hatches a scheme to help reunite the pair, but it seems getting out of Finland is much trickier than getting in...'
June is a month for the environment: World Environment Day is on the 5th, World Oceans Day is on the 8th, and the 17th is World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. Black Hole is a documentary about the relationship between humans and the environment. 'One Mining Company, a 965 day blockade, over 400 voluntary arrests, a State Forest home to 396 species of native fauna and flora, 34 endangered species and 12 Indigenous sacred sites. Black Hole is an intensely riveting expose of the battle to save the last of an endangered woodland forest from being cleared to make way for the most controversial open cut coal mine in production in Australia'.
This World Environment Day, enjoy Woman at War, a comedic drama about 'Halla... a fifty-year-old independent Icelandic woman, a respected choir leader who lives a mysterious double life. Known to the public only by her alias "The Mountain Woman," Halla is a passionate environmental activist, secretly waging a one-woman-war on the local aluminium industry and risking everything to conserve the pristine Icelandic highlands she loves'.
Celebrate Reconciliation Week! 'In 1965, 29 students from Sydney University set out on a road trip through north western New South Wales. This was no ordinary trip and it became known as the 'Freedom Ride'. Its purpose was to challenge the ingrained discrimination and racism that was a largely unacknowledged feature of NSW country towns. The trip was marked by repeated confrontation, intense street debates, some physical violence, much courage from the local Aboriginal people, and growing media coverage. By its end, the students' leader, Charles Perkins, was recognised around the country as a new-style fighter for Aboriginal rights'.
Celebrate the contribution Indigenous Australians make to the country's thriving arts and literary scene with this marvellous collection of poetry by Samuel Wagan Watson. 'These poems pulse with the language and images of a mangrove-lined river city, the beckoning highway, the just-glimpsed muse, the tug of childhood and restless ancestors. For the first time Samuel Wagan Watson's poetry has been collected into this stunning volume, which includes a final section of all new work'.
'The ways in which indigenous men understand their health and culture are eloquently explored in this evocative examination of Aboriginal life. [C]onversations, stories, and art to demonstrate that kanyirninpathe cultural value and relationship that has sustained Kimberly desert communities for centuriesmay provide hope for change and better health for all. Recognizing vulnerabilities that remain in young indigenous men’s lives in a rapidly changing worldsport, substance abuse, and incarcerationthis ethnography offers Aboriginal insights into the ways in which kanyirninpa can provide possibilities for lasting improvements to men’s health'.
Consider men's health this International Men's Health Week with this incredible play, which interrogates the horrors of the AIDs epidemic as it effected gay men in the 1980s. 'Pulitzer Prize-winner for Drama, 1993. The first part of Tony Kushner's epic drama of America in the 1980s. "A vast, miraculous play.... provocative, witty and deeply upsetting.... a searching and radical rethinking of American political drama."--Frank Rich, The New York Times Daring and dazzling! The most ambitious American play of our time."--Jack Kroll, Newsweek'
'Debates over the headscarf and niqab, so-called 'sharia-tribunals', Female Genital Operations and forced marriages have raged in Europe and North America in recent years, raising the question - does accommodating Islam violate women's rights? The book takes issue with the terms of this debate. It contrasts debates in France over the headscarf and in Canada over religious arbitration with the lived experience of a specific group of Muslim women: Somali refugee women. The challenges these women eloquently describe first-hand demonstrate that the fray over accommodating culture and religion neglects other needs and engenders a democratic deficit'.
'As a violent civil war rages back home, teenager Alem and his father are in a B&B in Berkshire. It’s Alem’s best holiday ever. The next morning, his father is gone. He’s left a note explaining that Alem needs to be protected from the war; and his protection is to be Britain. This strange grey country is now Alem’s home. Originally a best-selling novel by Benjamin Zephaniah, Refugee Boy was adapted for the stage by playwright and poet Lemn Sissay. Refugee Boy is a story about arriving, belonging and finding home'.
Celebrate World Environment Day and Reconciliation Week with the convergence of ideas about both in this book. 'Country, native title and ecology all converge in this volume to describe the dynamic intercultural context of land and water management on Indigenous lands. Indigenous people’s relationships with country are discussed from various speaking positions, including identity and knowledge, the homelands debate, water planning, climate change and market environmentalism'.
Celebrate World Ocean's Day with Moby Dick. 'Ishmael joined the crew of the whaling ship Pequod expecting a simple whaling voyage. Little did he know that the captain of the ship is thirsty for revenge against Moby Dick, the great white whale responsible for his missing leg. As the crew sails the ocean, Captain Ahab searches unceasingly for Moby Dick, ignoring warnings and prophecies of doom. When the white whale is finally spotted, a battle ensues that makes this novel by author Herman Melville one of the most epic sea stories of all time'.
Refugee and diasporic communities often express their relationship with the culture in which they find themselves - and its relationship with them - through art. Discover more about the power of art to communicate ideas and emotions with this edition of New Art Time.
Celebrate the natural world with month with this edition of Australian Geographic, which included articles on the nation's national parks, the intelligence of fish, animal rescue programs in WA, and urban owls.