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Two Laws (1981)

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The traumatic history of the Aboriginal people of Borroloola is told by the very people who were present to witness the massacres, institutionalization, and geographical displacement that they suffered in this unflinching ethnographic documentary from filmmakers Carolyn Strachan and Alessandro Cavadini. Residing in the remote Northern Territory of Australia, these peaceful Aboriginals have been perpetually torn between the centuries-old code of their own people and the barbarous conditions imposed upon them by European settlers. Divided into four parts including "Police Times," "Welfare Times," "Struggle for Our Land," and "Living with Two Laws," this film follows the people of Borroloola from their confrontations with white settlers and police in the 1930s to their pilgrimage back to their traditional land at the turn of the 21st Century.

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