Babakiueria (“Barbecue Area”)
Don Featherstone | Australia 1986 | 30 min
The film Babakiueria shows how Aboriginals are represented in society through taking a sarcastic look at racial stereotypes.
It starts with a boat approaching a barbeque area and a group of Aboriginal people taking possession of this area and all “Babakiuerians”. It continues to present many Aboriginal issues with the roles swapped: White people are a minority, white kids are taken from their families or white people being moved to a void place because the black government needs their home for “something”.
Aboriginal people who have watched this film state that it was a good film as it did represent the truth about how they are politically represented, but it could have been better if it was written by an Aboriginal instead of a white person, as they would have presented the film using Aboriginal culture instead of using the whites’ controlling methods of a society.
Babakiueria is one production I feel really proud about.—Aboriginal actor Mitch Torres
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