Liyarn Ngarn: Pat Dodson on Archie Roach

Title:
Liyarn Ngarn: Pat Dodson on Archie Roach
NFSA ID:
745061
Year:
2007
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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This is an excerpt from the documentary Liyarn Ngarn, featuring renowned English actor Pete Postlethwaite, Pat Dodson and Archie Roach, who also wrote the soundtrack.

The title means 'a coming together of the spirit' in the Yawuru language of the West Kimberley region in Australia's far north-west. The documentary recounts personal stories of injustices suffered by the Aboriginal people since English settlement.

Pete Postlethwaite stands in for all non-indigenous Australians in this clip as both Pat and Archie try to explain their perspective on the connections between an individual to their family, to their country and to their spirit. The whole set up is kept very authentic and low key for what are actually very big concepts. This makes the message less intimidating and we are able to be more receptive to what the men are saying. The camera is effectively unobtrusive. As the viewer, we are just another person seated at the table listening in.

Director:
Martin Mhando
Editor:
David Teo
Producers:
Pete Postlethwaite and Pat Dodson
Cast:
Archie Roach, Pete Postlethwaite, Pat Dodson