525 Swift Street, Albury, NSW, 2640, Australia
21st March 2019
From the remote Australian desert to the opulence of Buckingham Palace – this is the iconic story of the Namatjira family, tracing their quest for justice. Albert Namatjira was a man caught between cultures – paraded as a great Australian, whilst treated with contempt. He was the first Indigenous person to be made a citizen by the Australian Government. He was widely celebrated, exhibited globally, and introduced to Queen Elizabeth. In 1957 he was imprisoned for something he didn’t do, and in 1959 he died, a broken man. In 1983 the Government sold the copyright to his artworks to an art dealer. Today his family fight for survival, justice and to regain their grandfather’s copyright. This is one of Australia’s most potent stories – illuminating the relationship between Indigenous and non- Indigenous people today, in Australia and globally. They dedicate the screening of this film to the memories of Kumantjai K Namatjira and Kumantjai L Namatjira.
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