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My Survival as an Aboriginal is a 1979 Australian documentary film directed by Essie Coffey and produced by Coffey, Alec Morgan and Martha Ansara. It was the first documentary directed by an aboriginal woman. [1] [2]

Essie Coffey OAM was born near Goodooga in Northern NSW. She was a Muruwari woman and the co-founder of the Western Aboriginal Legal Service and served on a number of government bodies and Aboriginal community organisations.

Martha Ansara is a documentary filmmaker whose films on social issues have won international prizes and been screened in Australia, the UK, Europe and North America. Ansara was one of the first women in Australia to work as a cinematographer, is a full member of the Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) and was inducted into the ACS Hall of Fame in 2015. Martha is a Life Member of the Australian Directors Guild and a founding member of Ozdox, the Australian Documentary Forum. She has also worked as a film lecturer and film writer and has been active in the trade union, women's and peace movements.

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  2. "Aboriginal documentary". The Australian Women's Weekly . 47 (53). 4 June 1980. p. 21 (FREE Your TV Magazine). Retrieved 11 August 2016 via National Library of Australia.

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