Ningla-A’na ‘Aboriginal Embassy’ doco gets new cinema release for 50th anniversary

50 years on, a landmark Australian Aboriginal documentary is being re-released in high definition for modern audiences.

On 25 January 1972, Prime Minister William McMahon declared that land rights would never be granted to First Nations people as long as he was in power. The statement sent shockwaves through the Indigenous communities.

The following night, Michael Anderson, Billy Craigie, Bertie Williams and Tony Coorey travelled from Redfern to Canberra and stuck a beach umbrella into the ground outside Old Parliament House and sat under it. They called it the Aboriginal Embassy.

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Silvi Vann-Wall is a journalist, podcaster, and filmmaker. They joined ScreenHub as Film Content Lead in 2022. Twitter: @SilviReports