Coming Together of the Spirit


With the long-awaited apology to the indigenous Stolen Generations to be made in parliament on Wednesday 13 February 2008, is this a time of celebration, grieving, sharing and looking to a better future?

One way of reflecting on what it means is to see the documentary Liyarn Ngarn

Indigenous leader Sam Watson will lead a discussion in this forum initiated by the 17 Group at BWCC

Liyarn Ngarn – only available through ANTAR with

Patrick Dodson, Archie Roach & Peter Postlethwaite

Liyarn Ngarn, in the Yawuru language of the West Kimberly region around Broome in Australia’s far north-west, means “Coming Together of the Spirit”.

This documentary tells of the devastation and inhumanity encountered by Indigenous people in every aspect of their daily lives.

Renowned English actor Pete Postlethwaite recounts a personal story told to him by Patrick Dodson and Bill Johnson, an old English school friend, whose Indigenous son Louis died tragically. Respected songman, Archie Roach, adds his powerful lyrics and voice to this often painful journey.

It recounts just some of the many injustices that Indigenous Australians have suffered and reminds us of the lack of interest there has been on working towards reconciliation.

Liyarn Ngarn aims to change peoples’ perception and attitude to Indigenous people and to assist with the process of true and lasting reconciliation. It also offers some kind of meaningful epitaph to the Indigenous lives lost through sheer inhumanity.

When: Tuesday February 19, 2008

Where: Brisbane Workers’ Community Centre

2 Latrobe Tce Paddingon

Time: 6:30 pm – Acknowledgment of Traditional Custodians

7:00pm – film

8:15pm – Discussion and light supper

Entry by donation at the door

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