One River All Rivers


In One River All Rivers first-time director Tom E Lewis points out how rivers are an important part in both Aboriginal lives and Aboriginal culture.

But many of them are threatened by mining. This short documentary might have been inspired by current events in the Northern Territory where mining company Xstrata wants to expand their McArthur River Mine from underground to open-cut and have filed an application to divert a 5-km stretch of the McArthur River. Xstrata stopped Aboriginal people from visiting their sacred sites which might not be there for much longer.

Once this project succeeds one river's natural beauty has been sacrificed to mining. Many rivers might follow.

There's money in these rivers and money is poison too. — Tom E Lewis, director


Release dates
July 5, 2008 - Australia (World premiere on the Message Sticks Indigenous Film Festival)
G - general

Tom E Lewis was also an actor in the movie The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith.

He's the co-writer of another short documentary film, Yellow Fella.

Tom E Lewis is also an artist, actor and musician.

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Harvard citation

Korff, J 2018, One River All Rivers, <>, retrieved 17 October 2019

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