Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Foley- Melbourne festival

Last night I went to see FOLEY at the Fairfax. Basically a history lesson on Black activism in Australia.
For more than forty years, Gary Foley has been involved in the continuing struggle against foreign invasion. As activist, academic and actor, he's been one of the key figures in ensuring that the Aboriginal experience is not written out of this land's history.
Having spent decades spinning the yarns of black Australia, both past and present, he now uses his well-honed skills as troublemaker, teacher and teller of tales to bring his experiences to the stage/.
It was a very entertaining 2 hours with video clips esp of the Aboriginal embassy rise and fall, politicians promises that were watered down,voices and faces in the activism area, as well as just funny stories.
Especially clips of ABC episodes of the stage show Basically Black from the 70's  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8GJO1oyLC0&feature=related
His final message was that
Native Title is NOT land rights
and Reconciliation is NOT Justice.

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