The "other" in film: exclusions of Aboriginal identity from Australian cinema



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Rekhari, S. 2008, 'The "other" in film: exclusions of Aboriginal identity from Australian cinema', Visual Anthropology, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 125-135.


Throughout the latter half of the past century, cinema played a significant role in the shaping of the core narratives of Australia. Films express and implicitly shape national images and symbolic representations of cultural fictions in which ideas about Aboriginal identity have been embedded. In this article,1 exclusionary practices in Australian narratives are analyzed through examples of films representing Aboriginal identity. Through these filmic narratives the articulation, interrogation, and contestation of views about filmic representations of Aboriginal identity in Australia are illuminated. The various themes in the filmic narratives are examined in order to compare and contrast the ways in which Australian films display the operation of narrative closure and dualisms within the film texts.

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