Connection to Country will change your views on things. When I first walked in, I was just a guy who wasn’t really interested in politics, but I left feeling like it was my calling to become a politician who fights for Aboriginal land rights and sacred sites.
I saw the screening at Sydney Film Festival in June. It documents the efforts of Aboriginal people of the Pilbara region in Western Australia to preserve sacred sites all over the region, including the Burrup Peninsula (or Murujuga), home to the largest concentration of rock art in the world, dating back over 40,000 years. They’re endangered by the booming mining industry.
Here’s what I loved, laughed at and found confusing.
I loved how it inspired me. Like I said before, I had no interest in politics and when I left I wanted to become a politician! A movie like this reminds me why I want to go into the film business. I want to inspire people and help them forget about their worries for an hour or two. There are so many things that I want to do with film, and I’m so happy that Connection to Country has brought that back.
At one point in the film, they make a comment about how a SEWAGE SYSTEM that’s been there for 150 YEARS is heritage listed, while their SACRED LAND that’s been significant for 40,000 YEARS is being destroyed.
Here’s what confused me. How is it that big companies realise they are destroying sacred land and don’t feel morally wrong?
I mean I get that there is a lot of money there and all, but there are other ways to make money.
Let’s not forget what they are digging up is also really bad for the environment and the kind of money that is going into these operations should be going to either alternative energy sources, or restoration of the damages that operations have done to these sites.
This is why this film is so great, it will physically change you. Afterwards, I went and had a massive yarn with a lady I’d been sitting next to during the screening. Her friend was super interested in protecting land rights and making them better for Indigenous communities.
If you ever get a chance to see this movie, go and do it! It will inspire and create a conversation between people. Exactly what needs to happen in order to protect these lands!
Connection To Country is now available to stream via SBS On Demand.