• A woman passes a huge art installation called 'Sea of Hands' thousands of hands in the colours of the Aboriginal flag red, yellow, black (WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images))Source: WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
Celebrate Reconciliation Week with a collection of compelling films, documentaries, and series at SBS On Demand.
SBS Guide

31 May 2018 - 12:52 PM  UPDATED 31 May 2018 - 12:54 PM

This year NITV honours the 2018 Reconciliation Week theme ‘Don’t Keep History a Mystery’ with a selection of curated programs that will prompt Australians to consider, celebrate, and promote the fascinating and important contributions of Indigenous people and culture. These shows are streaming now at SBS On Demand, along with additional series and movies that tell stories of our First People.

Nyoongar Footy Magic

Profiling the lives and careers of five game-changing Western Australian Nyoongar Aussie Rules champions Polly Farmer, Barry Cable, Jim and Phil Krakouer and Nicky Winmar and how they mastered Australian Rules football and used it as a way to pioneer bold new futures in the face of adversity in a changed world. Presented by Ernie Dingo.

Mabo Life of an Island Man

Award winning documentary about the private and public stories of a man so passionate about family and home that he fought an entire nation and its legal system.

Case 442

An intimate journey that follows Frank Byrne’s painful struggle after being forcibly removed from his mother Maudie, his 60 year search for her and the final laying to rest of his beloved mother. An emotionally moving story that portrays an unbreakable mother-son bond and illustrates how Native Affairs child removal policies left Australians like Frank with a broken heart.

Servant or Slave 

An emotional and confronting insight into the history and legacy of the domestic servitude enforced upon Aboriginal girls in Australia, told through the stories of five women.


My Life As I Live It

The 1993 film, My Life as I Live It is an update of the 1978 film, ‘My Survival as an Aboriginal” and shows how life has changed for the Aboriginal community of Brewarrina in far north-west NSW.

My Survival as an Aboriginal

My Survival as an Aboriginal follows Essie Coffey, a black activist and musician and is the first documentary directed by an Indigenous woman. The film shows the conflicts of living as an Aboriginal under white domination.

First Australians

This landmark series chronicles the birth of contemporary Australia as never told before, from the perspective of its first people. It explores what unfolds when the oldest living culture in the world is overrun by the world's greatest empire, and depicts the true stories of individuals - both black and white. The story begins in 1788 in Sydney with the friendship between an Englishmen, Governor Phillip, and a warrior, Bennelong.

First Contact

More than six out of ten who call Australia home have had little or no contact with Aboriginal people. The chasm and disconnect between the First Australians and the rest of the nation is vast. First Contact shines a light on this deep divide by taking a group of six non-Indigenous people, from different walks of life and with strong and varied opinions, and immersing them into Aboriginal Australia for the first time, revealing Aboriginal Australia in all its beauty, hope, culture, history, tradition and tragedy.


Starring David Gulpilil in his first major screen role, Walkabout chronicles the spiritual and emotional journey of a sister and brother abandoned in the Australian outback

Putuparri And The Rainmakers

The story of Putuparri Tom Lawford, a 44 year old aboriginal man from north-west Australia who was raised on a cattle station and educated in the Western world.

After Mabo

Airs Sunday 3 June at 8:30pm
After Mabo
 dispels many of the myths about native title and exposes the political and economic agenda behind John Howard's 'Ten Point Plan'.The film goes behind the doors as Indigenous representatives attempt to fight the amendments in the media, in the bush and in the halls of Parliament House, Canberra.

Respected Indigenous figures Noel Pearson, Peter Yu, Pat Dodson and filmmaker Richard Frankland, speak first-hand about land justice and the threat that the proposed Howard Amendments had to their land and their rights.