Like your films with substance and soul? NITV has the most iconic films from Australia and all around the world, showcasing the best in Indigenous culture. Here’s what’s on for the month of March and April.
By
Jerico Mandybur

16 Feb 2016 - 10:47 AM  UPDATED 10 Mar 2016 - 4:19 PM

Radiance

7 March 9:30pm

Watch it with your sisters! We dare you not to cry. Directed by Rachel Perkins and starring Rachel Maza, Deborah Mailman and Trisha Morton-Thomas, Radiance tells the story of three sisters who reunite for their mother’s funeral. Both funny and moving, the film picked up seven AFI nominations and saw Deborah Mailman take out Best Actress. 

Beneath Clouds

24 March 9:30pm

First time director Ivan Sen’s film Beneath Clouds deals with Lena and Vaughn, a boy and girl brought together by dramatic events. With no money, no transport and struggling with their identities, the pair experience a moment of rare and unexpected happiness on the road, in each other’s company.

Yolngu Boy

31 March 9:30pm

Another good one for teenagers - Lorrpu, Botj and Milika are three Yolgnu boys who in childhood, dreamed of being great hunters together. Now teenagers, they must trek to Darwin to argue Botj’s criminal case with tribal leader Dawu. To get there, they’ll need to use traditional knowledge, street smarts and the strength of their friendship.  

Australian Rules

7 April 9:30pm

In Prospect Bay, an isolated fishing town in South Australia, the Indigenous and non-Indigenous local boys come together on the one field they have in common - the football field. But underlying racism and classism threaten to ruin the game, especially for two best friends from very different worlds. Australian Rules uses sport as the perfect analogy for race relations in Australia.

Once Were Warriors

14 April 9:30pm

Set in Auckland, Aotearoa the film Once Were Warriors centres around the Heke family. Father and husband Jake is struggling to control his violence, his youngest son is in trouble with the police, eldest son is about to join a gang and his daughter has problems of her own. Descended from warriors, the family must deal with being treated as outcasts by society.

September 

21 April 9:30pm

Set in the ‘wheat belt’ of Western Australia in 1968, two teenagers, one Indigenous one not, struggle against the expectations of their communities and the different directions their lives are taking them in. Documenting the disparity between the two groups and the wide-spread discrimination of the era, September is a powerful portrayal of life after the 1967 referendum.

Apocalypto

28 April 9:30pm

An adventure film directed and produced by Mel Gibson, Apocalypto features a stellar cast of Indigenous Mexican and Native American actors, speaking in the Yucatec Maya language. Set in the year 1511 (as Mayan civilisation was coming to an end) in pre-Columbian Yucatan and Guatemala, the movie depicts the journey of a Meso-American tribal man who’s village is destroyed and who must rescue his family.

See all these films and many, many more on NITV online – with SBS On Demand