|Warwick Thornton’s (Samson and Delilah, Sweet Country) critically acclaimed documentary We Don’t Need a Map is screening nationally in cinemas for a limited time. Originally screened as the opening night film at the 2017 Sydney Film Festival, We Don’t Need a Map is about the hijacking of an Australian icon.
The Southern Cross is the most famous constellation in the southern hemisphere. Ever since colonisation it’s been claimed, appropriated and hotly-contested for ownership by a radical range of Australian groups. But for Aboriginal people the meaning of this heavenly body is deeply spiritual. And just about completely unknown. For a start, the Southern Cross isn’t even a cross – it’s a totem that’s deeply woven into the spiritual and practical lives of Aboriginal people.
We Don’t Need A Map is an epic telling of Australia’s history, told through our collective relationship to one famous constellation.
It is a challenging, poetic, cosmic essay about who we are as a nation.
The film proudly defines Aboriginal people’s lore and spiritual relationship with the land as fundamental to this nation.
And yet under the one night sky, we are all connected now … all people of this land, all Australians. So how do we want to move forward?
When we are lost we don’t need a map,
we just need a clear view.
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