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A vital, on-the-spot document of the "Aboriginal Embassy" established by activists on the lawn of the Australian Parliament in 1972.
In January 1972, a coalition of black activists established a tent city on the lawns of Parliament House in the Australian capital of Canberra in response to the government's refusal to recognize Aboriginal land rights. Declaring their settlement to be the Aboriginal Embassy, the protestors occupied the site for six months of peaceful protest, which brought the Aboriginal rights movement widespread media attention and public sympathy, especially when the Embassy was forcibly shut down by police in July. Featuring on-the-spot interviews with the occupiers and their supporters and dramatic footage of demonstrations and arrests, Ningla A-Na is an invaluable document of a key episode in Aboriginal political history, and an early forerunner of the global wave of protest documentaries made by First Peoples filmmakers.