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Genre: Documentary. Dir: Warwick Thornton. Country: Australia.
Ever since colonisation, the Southern Cross constellation has been hotly contested for ownership by a wide range of Australian groups. But for Aboriginal people the meaning of this heavenly body is deeply spiritual. And just about completely unknown. For a start, the Southern Cross isn’t even a cross – it’s a totem that’s deeply woven into their lives. Warwick Thornton tackles this fiery subject head on in a bold and poetic essay-film which challenges us to consider the place of the Southern Cross in the Australian psyche.