Straight from the Heart: Clarence Walden
Forum Theatre, Level 1
This documentary tells the story of Clarence Walden, a senior member of the Gangalidda nation in the Gulf of Carpentaria. His story is about survival, cultural resilience in his traditional homelands, and sheer political determination.The screening will be followed by a discussion with Alexis Wright and Sarah Maddison.
'Straight from the Heart' records the stories of Clarence Walden, a senior member of the Gangalidda nation in the Gulf of Carpentaria in North West Queensland, which is near the tip of the Northern Territory border. Clarence was the Mayor of Doomadgee for many years, and he was a member of the town council, a former ATSIC Commissioner, and he is the only living foundation member of the Carpentaria Land Council.
Clarence is known throughout the Gulf of Carpentaria as one of the most important intellectual figureheads alive today, and he is a principled no-backing-down fighter for his people. He is a most respected and gifted story leader in the Gulf who for many years, led and formed the strategic thinking of many critical campaigns that he and his people have undertaken. He has the capacity to bring his people with him on enormous fights for justice.
This exclusive Melbourne screening will be followed by a discussion with the filmmakers Alexis Wright and Sarah Maddison.
'Straight from the Heart' was developed as part of the Australia Research Council’s Other Worlds: 'Forms of World Literature' Research Project to highlight the importance of oral storytelling cultures and tradition in today’s world.
This event is presented by the Australian Centre and the Indigenous Settler Relations Collaboration at the University of Melbourne.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander audience members are warned that the documentary contains images and voices of deceased persons.