DREAMING ON – THE STORY OF THE QUANDAMOOKA PEOPLE
Marcia Machado | Australia 2013 | 66 Min. | OmeU
Dreaming On: The Story of the Quandamooka People is a first time ever to be told documentary film about the Quandamooka traditional owners’ passion and determination to never relinquish their land and culture. In collaboration with elders, community leaders, and the younger generation of Quandamooka country, filmmaker Marcia Machado provides a narrative with fractions of their personal stories, dreams, and aspirations interwoven with the local “Song Man’s” story of creation, ultimately culminating in the realisation of a long awaited victory.
The Quandamooka Land Council (QLC) was formed in the early 1990’s. Following seventeen years of struggle, on the 4th of July 2011, the Native Title Rights of the Quandamooka People was finally officially recognised by the Federal High Court of Australia. It is the first formal recognition for indigenous people as custodians of their traditional homeland in South East Queensland.
Filmed in the homeland of the Quandamooka People, the film describes how the Noonucal, Gorempul and Ngugi tribes struggled through years of oppression and segregation to live within their culture and successfully function amongst non-indigenous Australia. Dreaming On captures the heartbreaking story of the injustices suffered by the deprivation of their land rights, their very own blood life.