Still We Rise


In 1972, the planting of a beach umbrella by young Aboriginal activists in the lawns opposite Parliament House sparked a revelation across the country.

Sitting strong and proud on Ngunnawal country, the Aboriginal Tent Embassy soon became a marker for justice, uniting people across the nation – the fight for land rights.

Revisiting hours of images and footage from the archives through a First Nations lens, Still We Rise is a bold dive into a year of incendiary protest and revolutionary change for First Nations people.

Fifty years on, the Aboriginal Tent Embassy is the oldest continuing protest occupation site in the world and the fight for land justice continues.

Still We Rise celebrates the young articulate feisty activists who fought so hard to inspire the generations to come.

Featuring powerful speeches from Paul Coe, Chicka Dixon, Gary Foley, Bobbi Sykes and Denis Walker, the epic poetry of Oodgeroo Noonuccal, the music of Worimi composer Leon Rodgers and many celebrated First Nations performers like Miiesha, King Stingray and Dan Sultan, Still We Rise captures the urgency, visceral anger, and defiance of those seeking change and how the urgency of their activism resonates across 50 years to our own contemporary reality.


Release dates
8 December 2022 - ABC TV and ABC iview
M - Mature

Watch now or find a DVD/BlueRay copy

Powered by JustWatch

Browse a list of Aboriginal film suppliers and distributors

Other films by John Harvey

Go exploring!

Use the Aboriginal film timeline to discover films you never heard of.

Take the quiz: Are you an Aboriginal movie buff?

Cite this page

Korff, J 2023, Still We Rise, <>, retrieved 20 July 2024

Creative Spirits is a starting point for everyone to learn about Aboriginal culture. Please use primary sources for academic work.

Join thousands of Smart Owls who know more!