Even though ten years have elapsed since Prime Minister Rudd’s Apology to the stolen generations, the number of children removed by government has only worsened. In After the Apology directed by Indigenous academic, author and filmmaker Professor Larissa Behrendt , four grandparents fight the system to get their grandchildren back
Like Amnesty International Australia’s campaign, Community is Everything, the underlying theme of the film is that extended family and community is the key to the well being of Indigenous youth in Australia. The film supports Amnesty’s Raise the Age cause of Australian states legislating to raise the age of locking up the young from 10 years of age to at least an international minimum of 14 years. And that alternatives to jailing and Indigenous solutions involving community, mentoring and prevention should be utilised in the management of vulnerable Indigenous youth.
Amnesty International Eastern Suburbs is pleased to present director Larissa Behrendt as our special guest speaker at the event. Larissa Behrendt is a Eualeyai/Kamillaroi woman, Aboriginal Australian legal academic plus writer. She is currently a Professor of Indigenous Research and Director of Research at the Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research at the University of Technology Sydney.
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