Beyond Sorry


As a young girl, Aggie Abbott hid and watched as her cousin Zita Wallace was stolen from their traditional Aboriginal community while Aggie herself was not. They were both 'half-caste' kids.

Aggie and Zita were separated for over fifty years. Zita Wallace, now 64, has decided to reconstruct her identity, her life and her history. With Aggie as her guide, Zita is learning everything she needs to know about being a traditional Aboriginal woman.

David Vadiveloo's moving documentary reveals the complex pressures that come to bear when an urban Aboriginal woman tries to return to the family she was taken from as a child. It is an intimate story of cultural conflict, remarkable courage and generosity, of the ties that bind us to our kin, and of two women from the same land trying hard to reconcile two very different worlds.

It's very apparent that... Zita's culture and her Aboriginality are the things which make her feel whole, that base her on the land.

— David Vadiveloo, director

There have been times when I've really wanted to just give up and it's just been too hard.

— Zita Wallace, actress

Main content kindly supplied by David Vadiveloo and Anna Kaplan.


Release dates
2005 - Australia
2004 Sydney International Film Festival (most popular Australian documentary)
Ronin Films
Michael Den Elzen

Other films by David Vadiveloo include Trespass and Us Mob which was a landmark ABC children's television and interactive series.

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Korff, J 2018, Beyond Sorry, <>, retrieved 13 June 2021

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