Bukal Bukal

Documentary Australia Foundation

Supported beneficiary groups within Women & Girls
Age Demographic
Varied Ages
Project Focus
Project Area

Project Description

Why is the fact Aboriginal women are the fastest growing Incarceration group in Australia, not a part of urgent national discussion? Henrietta reveals the direct links between institutional racism and its trickle down effect into Aboriginal society, creating third world conditions. By going to the CORE of the issue in the institutions, Professor Henrietta Marrie AM has a record of international success. Last year she addressed racism in Queensland health through significant legislative change.The profound metaphor for all institutional racism in this feature documentary, directed by Rhoda Roberts AO, is the return of Henrietta’s great-grandfathers sacred ceremonial shell regalia from the British Museum’s sock drawer. It is a story of hope and possibility – and reveals what real untethered female leadership looks like. As a film it’s outreach will be global and Australian – specifically government policy makers in Justice, Health, Education and Museums/Arts. Henrietta is a proven global change maker. A quiet revolutionary. When, not if, will Australia listen to one of their own?


Expected Outcomes

  • Create awareness and then removal of racist law in Institutions and thereby allowing equality to emerge and flourish.
  • Create understanding of how these ‘hidden’ racist laws affect those living in a different worldview to the west.
  • Reveal the profound spiritual interaction with Country, the sacred importance of ‘cultural artefacts’.
  • Return of the stolen ‘loot’ and learn why it is so important to all Australians
  • Acknowledgment, respect and deep listening to the Matriarchs. The restoration and validation of the leadership of the wisdom keepers who are aligned to service to their people and Country - cf. profit only ‘ethos’ of the west ,where the two paradigms currently collide.
  • Removal of the welfare mentality approach, replaced by empowerment strategies as proven by Henrietta.
  • Over time, changes in incarceration, suicide, drug abuse, domestic violence , generational trauma supported by Media discussion and continued informed national conversation.

Project Data & Lessons

We have begun meetings with an Impact Producer. Data collection will be organised through her. Comprehensive Media saturation creating National conversation, reaching grassroots change in schools and tertiary, and change in government policy and law, societal and business practice:

  • Workbooks, talks, screenings and education strategies are planned to accompany screenings, appropriate to each institution and policy makers within Australia. Also for Corporations and Business Leaders creating immediate policy shifts.
  • Primary, secondary and tertiary education play a big role, especially with regard to Two Way thinking and behaviour. Online professional development for teachers is being considered. New lecture series for universities.
  • The strong Indigenous cultural aspect to this story will take the documentary to the International Film Festival circuit and the Repatriation theme, currently very strong in the zeitgeist, will drive further sales in television.

Project Dates

Project Commences: July 1, 2022
Project Completes: February 1, 2023

Funding Details

Funding Needed
Current Funding
Total Project Costs
Approved Tax Deductability Status
Approved Tax Concession Charity
Other Funding Sources
Screen bodies, distributor, network and streaming services
Other Support Opportunities
Impact investment, In-kind contributions, Other

Organisation Details

Documentary Australia Foundation
ABN: 11227328793


Julie Nihill
Phone: +61 409955319

About Documentary Australia Foundation

The Documentary Australia Foundation (DAF) aims to inspire and nurture partnerships between philanthropic individuals, private foundations, charities and documentary filmmakers. DAF provides expertise, information, guidance and resources to help each sector work together to achieve their goals. DAF does make or commission films. We manage and receive grants and donations which are directed either towards our own operations or to specific film projects.

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