From Sand to Celluloid - No Way to Forget: No future

From Sand to Celluloid - No Way to Forget: No future
WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that the following program may contain images and/or audio of deceased persons
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Night-time. White lines disappear into the darkness as a solitary car drives along a lonely stretch of country road. Files stacked beside the driver tell us that he is a field officer for the Royal Commission into Deaths in Custody. He is an Indigenous man (David Ngoombujarra). Flashback: a young boy (Geoff Tye) sits beside a parked car, cradling himself. Tears stream down his face. He tells us the reason why he drinks and smokes yarndi (marijuana) – because he looked into the future and realised he didn’t have one. Francis turns to take the boy’s outstretched hand. Suddenly we are back in the present, and Francis’s hand is extending towards his own vehicle in the present tense, and the illusion of the boy is no more. The car speeds off into the night.

Summary by Romaine Moreton