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Connection to Country

Year: 2017, 57 mins
Code: AB-Connection

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This is a compelling look at the world’s oldest continuous culture, a culture whose sacred sites are older than any of the world’s most famous monuments.
Stonehenge, the Pyramids and the Great Wall of China are comparatively recent compared to the rock art sites of Australia's Aborigines, yet Aboriginal people from the Australia’s Pilbara region face a constant battle to preserve their unique heritage from the ravages of a booming mining industry.
Connection to Country follows the Indigenous people of the Western Australian Pilbara’s battle to preserve Australia’s 50,000-year-old cultural heritage from the ravages of a booming mining industry.
The Pilbara region sits in the Burrup Peninsula (or Murujuga) and is host to the largest concentration of rock art in the world, dating back over 50,000 years. It’s a dramatic and ancient landscape so sacred that some parts shouldn’t be looked upon at all, except by Traditional Owners.
Director, Tyson Mowarin shows the waves of industrialisation and development that threaten sites all over the region, and how he and the people of the Pilbara are fighting back by documenting the rock art, recording sacred sites and battling to get their unique cultural heritage recognised, recorded and celebrated.

“A beautifully shot documentary, it's clear to see that one of the strongest inspirations is [Mowarin’s] desire to pass on culture and country that is in tact for not only his people but his young daughter and generations after her.”  Emily Nicol, SBS

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