Celebrate NAIDOC Week with Kanopy

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Kanopy the on-demand streaming service has hundreds of Indigenous films and documentaries perfect for screening in NAIDOC Week (7-14 July). Access to Kanopy is available for all Queensland Indigenous Knowledge Centres, public libraries and State Library of Queensland members.

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Above: Kanopy has a great range of films.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have long used storytelling to share their culture and many great stories have been captured on the big and small screen. There are movies that entertain and educate.

Search options
Make your selection by entering a title or subject in the text box or use the Browse function to find movies and documentaries. Subjects include: Arts, Education, Health Sciences and Instructional films and Lessons. There are subheadings to help narrow your search.
It’s even easier to select a film from the curated sets including Popular Movies, New to Kanopy and The First Australians which is a good starting place to find a NAIDOC Week film.

A great range of films
Themes for films and documentaries include: Indigenous culture, courage, determination, success and recognition, injustice, identity, connection with the land, displacement, and Indigenous rights.

Share NAIDOC Week with your community

Some great Indigenous films include: The Dream of Love; In a League of Their own; Crocodile Dreaming, Zach’s Ceremony; The Song Keepers; and Ngangkari.

Above: Song Keepers; Ngangkari; and Ringtone.

Biographies reflect great lives
Many films and documentaries celebrate outstanding Indigenous Australians such as:
Harold one of Australia’s most renowned tenors. The film reflects Harold’s role shaping black-white relations in mid1900’s Australia.
Neville Bonner about Australia’s first Indigenous Senator.
Mistake Creek, Steven Craig who runs a highly successful cattle station,
Tudawali, the first Aboriginal film star whose lead role in Jedda is iconic in Australian Cinema.
Blacktracker a tribute to Tracker Riley, one of the greatest of all Aboriginal trackers.

Above: Some of the inspiring biographical films on offer.

Why not pick some favourite films or documentaries from Kanopy to share with your community and celebrate this NAIDOC Week’s theme Voice. Treaty. Truth?

Contact your local language group or community representatives to let them know what’s available, include a film in a local council event, or share a recommended selection of videos as part of a newsletter.

For assistance with Kanopy please contact eresources@slq.qld.gov.au