Doco of the Month: Araatika – Rise Up!

MA 15+
10 December
Location informationArc Cinema
Event cost$12 / $10 

Join us for the latest in documentary filmmaking. We’ll be celebrating diverse voices and intriguing personalities, uncovering truths from the exciting to the uncomfortable, and – most importantly – sharing real stories from Australia and around the world.   

For Indigenous Australian rugby league players, a pre-game ‘unity dance’ is an important step towards celebrating their cultures and combatting entrenched racism. 

Former National Rugby League (NRL) star Dean Widders is a man on a mission. After fellow Indigenous players Preston Campbell, Timana Tahu and George Rose devised their own pre-game performance to match the haka of their Maori counterparts, Widders began a journey to bring this dance – and First Nations pride more broadly – to the game.  

So far, his advocacy has garnered support from the Indigenous All Stars league, but his dream is to have Australia’s national team adopt this unifying battle cry. 

Featuring several NRL greats, prominent First Nations figures like Stan Grant and Adam Goodes, and the Bangarra Dance Theatre, Araatika: Rise Up! is the story of one man’s determination and a spirited call-to-arms to stand behind Indigenous Australia. 

‘The bonds between sport and community are at the forefront of this powerful documentary by Larissa Behrendt’ – Melbourne International Film Festival 



Bookings are now essential for all ticketed events. All visitors to the NFSA are required to check in via the Check In CBR app. If you do not have a device which allows you to check in, or require assistance, please see our friendly reception staff for help. 

Learn more about other measures we have in place to keep you COVID-safe here.


Be rewarded for every paid screening, event or exhibition at the NFSA every time you visit. Your seventh visit is free. More details on Club NFSA at our Ticketing page.