My Journey

In 2016, the Tasmanian government scrapped the three-pronged criteria used to determine Aboriginality. Where people had previously needed to provide documentary evidence of Aboriginal ancestry, the new rules now only require self-identification and communal recognition. In the wake of this policy change, there was an increase in people identifying as palawa/pakana (Tasmanian Aboriginal).

This film explores this issue of Aboriginality in Tasmania through a single fictional character played by a white actor. While the subject matter of this film may be challenging, it offers an important insight into the complex dynamics and cross-cultural issues faced by the contemporary Palawa/Pakana community.
Nathan Maynard
Adam Thompson
Kerri Gay
9 mins

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