Archie Roach: A circle of life

Archie Roach: A circle of life
WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that the following clip may contain images and voices of deceased persons
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This clip is an excerpt from the documentary film about the Stolen Generation, Land of the Little Kings (2000).

Archie Roach was about three years old when he was taken from his family. The metaphor of a circle, a broken circle and re-joining a circle, is obviously very important to him. Its personal meaning and value is made explicit in this clip. Although staged for the camera, his explanation is nonetheless presented authentically through the intimacy and simplicity of drawing a circle on a piece of nondescript ground with his finger. There are many ways in which this scene could have been shot. The camera direction is particularly effective as it slowly pans from ground level and from above, emphasising the circle he describes. With his guitar slung across his back, heavy coat and beanie he appears as some kind of modern-day troubadour.

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