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Green Left Weekly Screening


Sydney 8 February 2014 - 4 pm

Green Left Weekly, 22 Mountain Street, ULTIMO

Green Left Weekly and the Indigenous Social Justice Association (ISJA) are proud to be screening UTOPIA, a film by John Pilger.

Utopia film director John Pilger answered questions from 6-7pm.



Ray Jackson, President of ISJA

Utopia Green Left Weekly - Ray Jackson on Vimeo

John Pilger - p1

Utopia Green Left Weekly - John Pilger p1 on Vimeo

John Pilger - p2

Utopia Green Left Weely - John Pilger p2 on Vimeo



Background Info

GLW - Pilger's Utopia a devastating expose of Australian apartheid - 20 January 2014

The latest documentary by Emmy and BAFTA award winning film maker and journalist, John Pilger, contrasts two very different worlds: one of white aspiration on Sydney’s northern beaches, and the other the Aboriginal community in the ironically named town of Utopia, located in central Australia.

The town has been assessed as the most disadvantaged and poorest community in Australia. The distinction could not be more stark.

In his latest film, Utopia, Pilger confronts Australia with the shame of the entrenched neglect and continuing failure to provide even the most basic of conditions for Aboriginal communities ― such as sanitation, bathrooms or kitchens.

It highlights a concerted campaign waged against Aboriginal people, against Aboriginal self-determination and against Aboriginal peoples established, although limited, land rights in the Northern Territory.  ...


GLW - By John Pilger - John Pilger: Mandela's gone, but apartheid lives in Australia - 26 December 2013

In the late 1960s, I was given an usual assignment by the London Daily Mirror's editor-in-chief, Hugh Cudlipp. I was to return to my homeland, Australia, and "discover what lies behind the sunny face".

The Mirror had been an indefatigable campaigner against apartheid in South Africa, where I had reported from behind the "sunny face". As an Australian, I had been welcomed into this bastion of white supremacy. "We admire you Aussies," people would say. "You know how to deal with your blacks."

I was offended, of course, but I also knew that only the Indian Ocean separated the racial attitudes of the two colonial nations. What I was not aware of was how the similarity caused such suffering among the original people of my own country.

Growing up, my school books had made clear, to quote one historian: "We are civilised, and they are not." ...