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A truthful, hard-hitting look at our past and present!
As an Australian, I fully acknowledge and support the content of this hard-to-watch documentary. This is not 'news' to anyone in Australia who watches our shameful history regarding indigenous peoples.
John Pilger is a highly acclaimed award winning Australian journalist who throughout his lifetime has contributed to humanity by calling the truth - http://johnpilger.com/biography.
One reviewer criticizes him for not having lived in Australia for decades. The truth is the truth, no matter where you live in our global village. I would like to correct some content in one of the reviews here, which is otherwise a very thoughtful and intelligent review. 'The first thing shown to you is a 70's era anchorman talking about the plan of sitting ministers to simply round up people for no reason, and move them away, then taint their drinking water to sterilize them in a "Humane" manner'. This man was not an anchorman. At that time, he was by far the richest 'self-made' man in Australia. His name is Lang Hancock, a Western Australian iron-ore mining magnate (1909-1992). His daughter, Gina Reinhart (1954-present), is heir to his fortune and is one of the four richest women in the world. As an Australian I am utterly ashamed and disgusted by Hancock's sickening view and he did not speak back then for all Australians, although many Australians still wish the 'aboriginal problem' would 'just go away'!
Another reviewer suggests that Pilger's report is biased and one-sided. Of course, we do not need to 'fix what is not broken' so Pilger's film explores the underbelly of racism and genocide...... the 'positive' things can readily be found if one cares to look.
Journalists such as Pilger shine the light in the darkest of places across the world - where most don't dare go. He is not frightened by power and people often, if indeed they even bother to access such documentaries, feel very uncomfortable and challenged about their own view of our world. This then, surely, is a vehicle for inspection and change.
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