#AlwaysWillBe on NITV
From Sunday 20 January to Saturday 26 January 2019, NITV invites all Australians to hear stories of our nation’s shared history from an Indigenous perspective, and to explore what 26 January means to Indigenous people, through a curated slate of distinctive programming called #AlwaysWillBe.
From Sunday 20 January to Saturday 26 January 2019, NITV invites all Australians to hear stories of
our nation’s shared history from an Indigenous perspective, and to explore what 26 January means to Indigenous people, through a curated slate of distinctive programming called #AlwaysWillBe. As Australia’s national Indigenous broadcaster, NITV’s dedicated programming and news updates on television (Channel 34), NITV Radio, online and across social media, will share Indigenous voices and Songlines - the complex Aboriginal belief systems that interconnect land, deep spirituality, knowledge and values - helping all Australians deepen their understanding of our nation’s identity. #AlwaysWillBe will be presented by Indigenous actor and national treasure, Uncle Jack Charles, and will shine a light on stories of strength, resilience, survival and celebration.
Kicking off the 26 January programming live from Sydney’s North Head is the Sunrise Ceremony which will be hosted by John Paul Janke, with panellists Richard Frankland, Aunty Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, Teela Reid and Bianca Hunt. The ceremony will also feature cultural performances and live entertainment by Shellie Morris, Djakapurra Yunupingu, Dhapanbal Yunupingu, Arian Pearson and Mim Kwanten.
Following the Sunrise Ceremony. NITV will premiere the second season of the landmark series Songlines on Screen, documentaries Ningla-A-Na, 88, Connection to Country, Occupation: Native, Westwind: Djalu’s Legacy and Rabbit Proof Fence, as well as featuring NITV News: Day 26 from Sydney’s annual Yabun festival.
NITV’s flagship news and current affairs program, The Point, hosted by Rachael Hocking and John-Paul Janke, will return for its new season with a special episode called iProtest in its new timeslot of 8.30pm on Wednesdays. The episode takes an in-depth look at historic reactions to Indigenous protests and examines news coverage from the last three years of the ‘Change the Date’ movement. Panellists will include Jack Latimore, David Mar, Lilly Brown, Amy McGuire and Carla McGrath.
Additional programming throughout the week includes…
Documentary - First Contact SBS COMMISSION Monday, 21 January at 8.30pm on NITV
More than six out of ten who call Australia home have had little or no contact with Aboriginal people. The chasm and disconnect between the First Australians and the rest of the nation is vast. First Contact is a 3 x 52 minute documentary series that will shine a light on this deep divide by taking a group of six non-Indigenous people, from different walks of life and with strong and varied opinions, and immersing them into Aboriginal Australia for the first time.
Documentary - Teach A Man To Fish NITV COMMISSION Monday, 21 January at 8.30pm on NITV
Grant Leigh Saunders is an Aboriginal filmmaker, writer and musician. Despite a promising artistic career, Grant is unsettled and feels there is something missing in his life. As a fair skinned, middle-aged, Aboriginal man, with a Norwegian wife and two young “Koori-Wegian” kids, Grant is still struggling with his identity. Compounding this feeling is that Grant has been away from his home country of Taree for over twenty years.
Documentary - Wik vs. Qld NITV COMMISSION Tuesday, 22 January at 8.30pm on NITV
In 1996 The High Court of Australia granted native title co-existence rights to the Wik Peoples of Cape York. The “Wik Decision” should have been a catalyst for positive change, but instead sparked a national, cultural and political fallout.
Documentary - We Don’t Need A Map NITV COMMISSION Wednesday, 23 January at 9.30pm on NITV
We Don’t Need a Map is a feature length documentary about Australia’s complex relationship to the Southern Cross. It is the most famous constellation in the southern hemisphere and ever since colonisation it’s been claimed, appropriated and hotly-contested for ownership by a radical range of Australian groups.
Documentary - Occupation: Native NITV COMMISSION Thursday, 24 January at 7.30pm on NITV
Filmmaker Trisha Morton-Thomas dishes up a fresh look at our colonial past. Exploring everything they never taught you at school but should have. It’s Australian history, but not like you have you ever seen or heard before. Trisha decides it’s time to go looking for answers, and along with actor Steven Oliver and several historians the film is a satirical recount of our untold history.
Documentary - Servant or Slave NITV COMMISSION Thursday, 24 January at 8.30pm on NITV
Servant or Slave follows the lives of five Aboriginal women who were stolen from their families and trained to be domestic servants. With the government exercising complete control over their wages, many thousands of Aboriginal girls and boys were effectively condemned to a treadmill of abuse from which there was little hope of escape.
Family Movie - Jasper Jones *** NITV PREMIERE* Friday, 25 January at 7.30pm on NITV
Adapted from Craig Silvey’s best-selling Australian novel, directed by Rachel Perkins and featuring a stellar cast including Toni Collette, Hugo Weaving, Levi Miller, Angourie Rice, Dan Wyllie and Aaron McGrath, Jasper Jones is the story of Charlie Bucktin, a bookish boy of 14 living in a small town in Western Australia.
Documentary - The Song Keepers NITV COMMISSION Friday, 25 January at 9.15pm on NITV
In the obscure churches of remote Central Australia, a 140-year musical legacy of ancient Aboriginal languages, German sacred poetry and baroque music is being preserved by four generations of song women. Written and directed by Naina Sen, and produced by Naina Sen, Rachel Clements and Trisha Morton-Thomas, The Song Keepers tells the unknown story of the choral heritage of remote Aboriginal communities in Central Australia past and present, through the women that make up the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir.
Documentary - Westwind: Djalu’s Legacy NITV COMMISSION Saturday, 26 January at 9.30pm on NITV
Djalu Gurruwiwi is an aging elder in a line 60,000 years long who is running out of time to pass on the Yidaki Songlines entrusted to him for the future of his people, before it dies with him. His sons and community, struggling to come to terms with the consequences of colonisation, are lost. When Djalu breaks with tradition to try and save it, world famous musician Gotye becomes an unexpected family member and helps heal Djalu’s sons and amplify his songs to the world.
NITV’s #AlwaysWillBe week of programming begins from Sunday 20 January at 7pm with the Songlines documentary, Yarripiri’s Story.