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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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Cast Michele "Mitch" Torres - Presenter
Bob Maza - Minister for White Affairs
Kevin Smith - Police Superintendent
Release dates 1986 - Australia
Video/DVD Release Date 1995, 2006
Awards United Nations Media Peace Prize
Rating PG - Parental guidance
Language level easy
Distributor Australian Broadcasting Corporation & Moorabbin College of TAFE
Soundtrack Chris Alderton
Genre Comedy

Written by Geoffrey Atherden and J. Pringle.

Babakiueria is used by police to educate young police officers.

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Thanks to Karen Jennings and Philip McKeon who pointed me to this movie.

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