15 SEPTEMBER 2014 -- Living Black Season 21 Episode 1

Living Black is back for a new series, our 21st!

This season’s premiere episode is presented from Rockingham in Western Australia. The story leading our show see us investigating the controversial issue of mentally impaired people who are detained in prison without trial or conviction, and where Indigenous prisoners are over represented.

Here’s more of what’s coming up:



Living Black investigates the issue of mentally impaired people who are detained without trial or conviction in Western Australian prisons. Indigenous people are over represented in this group. The mother of one young mentally impaired Aboriginal man held in WA prison for more than a decade is calling for his release. The controversial law under which he and others are held is currently under review.

The PM is spending the week, as promised, at Gulkula in northeast Arnhem Land. One of the main topics of conversation is the proposed changes to the Constitution.



We take a look at the effects of racial discrimination on Indigenous Australians following a recent report by Beyond Blue that found a correlation between racial abuse and rates of depression and suicide. Artist Tony Albert talks about his award-winning work which depicts Aboriginal men with targets painted on them to represent what he says is the overt and subtle racism experienced daily by Indigenous people.



An Italian immigrant to Australia, Diego Bosco, is an award winning composer and classical guitarist. He claims the work of medieval Italian poet Dante Alighieri actually references Australia’s First Peoples despite Dante putting quill to paper some 500 years before Europeans settled the continent.

According to Diego, Dante recounts reaching the ‘other pole’ with references to a Southern Land where the ‘very first people’ reside. Diego has now re-interpreted Dante’s masterpiece, the epic poem The Divine Comedy, as a play with an Aboriginal twist. It opened recently in Redfern narrated in Noongar and English.

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Tune in on SBS ONE on Mondays 5pm and NITV on Tuesdays 8pm for Indigenous stories that matter to all Australians, hosted by Karla Grant.

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