“Undermined: tales from the Kimberley” and MIFF

Just like what I have talked about before, the relationship between film festival and the politics not only constructs the film festival’s meaning but also spreads its influence. In this case, the film festival became an expressing channel which collects the public attention and gives the stage to the people who need help. Sometimes its practical significance might be more significant than its artistic value. By screening “Undermined: tales from the Kimberley” and inviting the production team and the representative, MIFF provide platform and opportunity for the aboriginal to express themselves.


Documentary “Undermined: tales from the Kimberley” has more practical significance than artistic value. From the practical side, “Undermined: tales from the Kimberley” not only expresses the aboriginal’s appeal but also explain their situation to the audience who originally have no knowledge about them. The movie explains that aboriginal communities are suffering from the threat of mining and modern agriculture industry’s expanding at Kimberley. Modern industry has the impact on both their daily life and their traditional culture. Conflicts exist everywhere from the confrontation towards the government to the changing of next generation. Some aboriginals even have to leave their homeland. Apart from only using the drastic shots to attract audience’s attention, the director spends more time to show what is their original life and the painful change gradually which might be more effective for the audience to take actions about Kimberley. Through the “Kimberley project” website, the donation amount and the information behind the movie also show how ‘smart’ is the aboriginals’ self-rescue method (Documentary Australia Foundation 2018). The film almost relies on donation and they have clear objectives about the movie’s impact and the whole project which could be a constructive example for other communities who need help.


Screening “Undermined: tales from the Kimberley” at MIFF shows justice. People can easily understand the unfair treatment of aboriginals in Kimberley. By providing screening platform, inviting production team and representative, MIFF shows its social responsibility. Rawls (2005) mentions two principles of justice which include that bring the most advantages to the people who has the least advantages in the society. Similarly, MIFF leaves the stage for the aboriginal community and support their activities. This is not the first time when the film festival shows justice and support the disadvantaged groups. In 1974, movie “Histoire d’A” cannot be screened during Cannes Film Festival due to its abortion content. To stop the screening, the government even scattered the audience. At that time French Society of Film Directors helped people to screen it (Cannes 2013). In the past, some supports seem more intense.


Reference list:


Cannes, M 2013. From anecdote to legend – Cannes, Cannes.com, viewed 15 September 2018, http://www.cannes.com/en/festival-de-cannes/history-of-the-cannes-film-festival/from-anecdote-to-legend.html


Documentary Australia Foundation 2018, Documentary Australia Foundation | Film | Undermined – Tales from the Kimberley, Documentaryaustralia.com.au., viewed 15 September 2018, http://www.documentaryaustralia.com.au/films/4065/kimberley-project/


Rawls, J 2005, A theory of justice, Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press.


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