Aboriginal & Islander Films – Recommended Viewing


Year: 1997

Classification: Exempt – Ronin Recommends: PG

Runtime: 53 min

Produced In: Australia

Directed By: Paul Roy

Produced By: Paul Roy

Language: English

A DYING SHAME examines the plight of Aboriginal health in Australia. Through the personal stories of families and individuals within the Aboriginal community in Borroloola in the Northern Territory, this film reveals the human tragedy behind the bald statistics of Aboriginal health.

Aboriginal health has always been an area neglected by Australian governments. Millions of dollars are needed to bring Aboriginal people on par with other Australians. A Dying Shame reveals the human tragedy behind the shocking health statistics in Australia.

A Dying Shame is a documentary that tells personal stories of families and individuals within the remote Aboriginal community in Borroloola (Northern Territory).

The movie was shot over nine months and documents the struggles of Aboriginal people and their families who have to cope with poor health and an ineffectual health system, said to be ‘one of the most inequitable health services in the Western world’.

A Dying Shame is also a story of hope and courage of individuals fighting against the odds.




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    1. We will do some research and attempt to post something for you in the next Recommended Viewing post, Yours in Unity through Lateral Love and Spirit of Care for all Humankind, Brian, Nicci and the Lateral Love Australia Team

  1. Thank you for posting this.

    My deepest shame as an Australian is the treatment of the Indigenous peoples of my country.

    You want to talk about human rights violations across the world, there are still plenty of them occurring in this supposedly civilised, western society that I have such conflicting emotions about calling home.

    I understand that mistakes have been made in the past. Mistakes born of ignorance and mistrust of people so different. That is human nature. What I can never tolerate is the ongoing mistreatment of Aborigines in this country. They had the most idyllic existence in the world, and it was stolen from them. Later, so too were their children stolen from them, and all the nation cared about was “whether it was up to us to apologise for something our generation didn’t do”.

    Our generation may not have physically stolen the Aboriginal children from their families, but our generation is stealing them through the ongoing mistreatment and racism that results in their drug, alcohol and health problems.

    This country needs to be ashamed of itself and this film needs to be shown in every single school across the nation. We are not the carefree larrikins we make ourselves out to be. We are spoilt, selfish, self-centred Mini-Americans who only care about our own well-being and who speak abhorrently against anyone who threatens our middle-class, white ideals.

    Thank you again for this post. It’s time the world sees the ugly parts of Australia, instead of our beautiful beaches, flora and fauna.

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