Murundak - Songs of freedom is a feature documentary that journeys into the heart of Aboriginal protest music following The Black Arm Band, a gathering of some of Australia’s finest Indigenous musicians, as they take to the road with their songs of resistance and freedom.

From the concert halls of the Sydney Opera House to remote Aboriginal communities of the Northern Territory, ‘murundak’ - meaning ‘alive’ in Woirurrung language - brings together pioneering singers including Archie Roach, Bart Willoughby and the late Ruby Hunter, and a stellar lineup of emerging Indigenous talent including Dan Sultan, Shellie Morris and Emma Donovan.

Filmed against the backdrop of Australia’s changing political landscape, Murundak charts one of the most significant events in Australian music history as The Black Arm Band sing up the country’s troubled past through their stories of sorrow, anger and hope.

Indigenous warning

The filmmakers wish to advise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people that this film contains images and voices of deceased persons.

More about the Black Arm Band.

Murundak – songs of freedom takes us out to country and deep into the hearts of the singers; looks back to history and forward with hope. Strong songs, important stories, great spirit.—Paul Kelly

A powerful and universal tale of courage and unity in the face of adversity. A very important film for our generation and for the on-going discussion about reconciliation.—Missy Higgins


Black Arm Band
Release dates
28 April 2011 - Australia
Video/DVD release date
15 June 2011
M - Mature
Black Arm Band


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