The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is an annual film festival held over three weeks in Melbourne, Australia. It was founded in 1952 and is one of the oldest film festivals in the world. MIFF is one of Melbourne’s four major film festivals, in addition to the Melbourne International Animation Festival (MIAF), Melbourne Queer Film Festival (MQFF) and Melbourne Underground Film Festival (MUFF).
It was my film-watching experience at the film festival with the film producers. The documentary which name is UNDERMINED: TALES FROM THE KIMBERLEY investigates the true costs of development in the world-famous Kimberley, where mega-mining and pastoral developments threaten not just the pristine environment but more than 200 Indigenous communities and their peoples’ sacred links to Country.
As I waited in a packed theatre for the film to begin, the firm’s founding team, including the director, explained the background of the film, enabling the audience to better integrate themselves into the film. Kimberly is an untapped place in Western Australia, which has beautiful natural scenery and many Aboriginal Australians with their unique Aboriginal culture. However, at the same time, Kimberly relies on its unique natural conditions to store rich natural resources. When resource development conflicts with natural culture, where should Kimberly residents go? Afterwards, the activist/musician Albert Wiggan who comes from Kimberly gave us a touchable musical performance.
In this movie, there are interviews with different people living in Kimberly. One of the things that touched me most was an interview with the Kimberly aborigines. In front of the camera, an old man expressed his concern about the development of Kimberly. Their aborigines had a relatively closed past, had their own unique traditions and cultures, and developed many modern civilizations into their lives, including Some bad food and drinks. On the one hand, a large number of developments threaten the natural environment of Kimberly, on the other hand, many young indigenous children do not know how to distinguish between good and bad, which has a bad impact on them. The turn of the scene is a smiling face of native children facing the camera.
In the process of watching, everyone quietly watches the movie. Sometimes there is laughter and sometimes applause. Through this film, I learned that sometimes the social reality reflected through the film is the fact that there are people in real life who are distressed, and the film production team is telling us what is happening in places we don’t know.
At the end of the movie, the main creative team left questions for the audience. Through this movie, we can guide people to pay attention to and learn more about Kimberly. Kimberley Project investigates what is happening in an area now branded “the future economic powerhouse of Australia,” and what this means for traditional owners, traditional lands and unique Indigenous cultures. This is not just a problem for people living in Kimberly, it may also be a problem for the country.