|Directed by||Alessandro Cavadini|
|Produced by||Carolyn Strachan|
|Starring|| Don Brady (narrator)|
Robert Hughes (narrator)
|Edited by||Rhonda Mac Gregor|
|11 November 1975|
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Some 22 years later in 2007, Aboriginal activist, and convicted Palm Island rioter Lex Wotton presented a screening of the film to the Film Fanatics Society at Petersham Bowling Club. He recalled watching the film as a schoolboy and seeing his father on film. He said that screening opened his eyes to the way "things were different on Palm". He also said "There are numerous things that people haven't documented but this [film] was one thing that brought what was happening to the indigenous people to the attention of the wider community.
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