Archie Roach: ‘Took the Children Away’ short version

Title:
Archie Roach: ‘Took the Children Away’ short version
NFSA ID:
1011788
Year:
2011
Category:
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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Archie Roach and Ruby Hunter talk about their experiences as members of the Stolen Generations. Archie was forcibly separated from his family, who were living at the Framlingham Mission in Victoria, when he was two years old. Ruby was stolen from her family in South Australia when she was eight years old.

The clip also features their performance of 'Took the Children Away' from Murundak - Songs of Freedom, a documentary featuring some of Australia's best known Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musicians, released in 2011. The word Murundak means alive in Woiwurrung language spoken by the Kulin people around The Yarra in Victoria.

The cross-cutting between the live performance of 'Took the Children Away' and the backstory provided by Archie and Ruby is done seamlessly. It enriches both the song and interview.

Archie says in his autobiography Tell Me Why (2019) '...it's my healing song. Through songs, I have been able to deal with the pain and trauma in a more positive way. Every time I sing it, I let a little bit of the hurt and the trauma go'.

Directors:
Rhys Graham and Natasha Gadd
Editor:
Natasha Gadd
Producers:
Natasha Gadd and Philippa Campey
Executive Producer:
Michael McMahon
Associate Producer:
Sarah Bond
Scriptwriters:
Natasha Gadd and Rhys Graham
Cinematographers:
Natasha Gadd and Rhys Graham