The Best on the Black Box showcases the most inspirational and thought provoking documentaries, TV shows and movies from here and across the globe, screening on NITV.
NITV Staff Writer

9 Oct 2016 - 2:28 PM  UPDATED 12 Oct 2016 - 2:39 PM


 Colour Theory - Arts 12.30pm

In this episode Yuwaalaraay artist, Lucy Simpson, shows us how Aboriginal culture can become part of the fabric of our everyday lives, literally! From Walgett to Sydney, Lucy has designs on the way we live.


Standing on Sacred Ground - Documentary 8.30pm

Narrated by Graham Greene, with the voices of Tantoo Cardinal and Q'orianka Kilcher, the "Standing on Sacred Ground" series exposes threats to native peoples' health, livelihood, and cultural survival in eight communities around the world. Rare verité scenes of tribal life allow indigenous people to tell their own stories—and confront us with the ethical consequences of our culture of consumption.


Dave Chappelle's Block Party - Documentary 9.30pm

Round out the weekend with the epic Blockparty featuring the best of the HipHop/R&B world.
'Not since Woodstock has there been a concert with so much love.'
In the summer of 2004, an excited crowd of strangers board a bus to Brooklyn to join comedian Dave Chappelle at his block party. Meanwhile, at an undisclosed venue not far away, Dave is greeting musicians such as Jill Scott, The Fugees, The Roots, Erykah Badu, Kanye West and Cody Chestnut, who have all come to perform at the party. 



 Talking Language - Documentary 6.00pm 

Talking Language with Ernie Dingo is a personal journey providing a unique understanding of how knowledge of Aboriginal languages is shaped by ancestral connections to the land, stars, animals and sea.


The Medicine Line - Documentary Series 8.30pm

Join Dave Gaudet as he zigzags his way across the Canada-US border to discover the art, language, history and culture of Aboriginal people in both countries.


Marley Africa Road Trip - Documentary 11.00pm

Follows three sons of music legend Bob Marley as they travel back to Africa with hopes of reconnecting with their father.



Cafe Niugini - Food Series 6.00pm


Captures the extraordinary food cultures and cuisines of Papua New Guinea. Jennifer Baing takes us on a unique culinary journey experiencing the land of more than 800 tribes and healthy food recipes.


Best of Koori Knockout - Sports 7.30pm

Relive the best moments of the 2016 Koori Knockout with some of the Best mens' and womens' games. 
Men's Grand Final - Redfern All Blacks 1 vs Newcastle All Blacks 


Express Yourself - Comedy Series 8.30pm

The godfather of Indigenous stand-up comedy Sean Choolburra is back with a new kick ass comedy series & some of the hottest dancers the black community has ever seen.




Defining Moments- Documentary Series 6.00pm

Soulful singer David Leha aka Radical son is a musical phenomenon. We follow him to Auckland, New Zealand where he performs his soulful music and re-connects with his Tongan heritage.


Contact - Documentary 8.00pm

In 1964, Yuwali was 17 when her first contact with white men was filmed. Now 62 she tells the story behind this extraordinary footage.


NITV On The Road - Boomerang Festival - Entertainment 10.30pm

Boomerang is a festival held in Byron Bay over the Easter long weekend. Run by Rhoda Roberts, the creator of the Dreaming Festival, it's a mixture of Australian and International Indigenous Acts.




Kriol Kitchen - Food Series 12.30pm

Kangaroo Stew with bacon, soya & vegetables & Kangaroo Satays with a Spicy Chilli Peanut Sauce: Ali & Mitch draw on their family influences from the Djugan/Gooniyandi & Filipino & Malay heritage.


Rose Against The Odds - Documentary - 7.30pm

The True life-story of Aboriginal boxer Lionel Rose-from his heyday in the late 1960s as World Bantamweight Champion to his later struggles as an alcoholic thief.


Once Were Warriors - Movie - 9.30pm

A family descended from Maori warriors is bedeviled by a violent father and the societal problems of being treated as outcasts.




The Prophets - Documentary 6.30pm

This riveting, seven part series reveals the incredible stories of the Maori prophets. 
Presented as a comprehensive anthology, their lives are a fascinating aspect of NZ history.


On The Edge- Documentary 7.30pm

At Redfern Community Centre the teenagers meet comedian Sean Chooolburra and singer Jessica Mauboy. 
Kayla and Alan reveal their dancing talents and Muriel relives a shattering incident from her past.


The Other Side - Documentary 11.20pm

Share in the journey of these Aboriginal ghost hunters as they try to understand what they encounter in the context of indigenous culture of the land.




Milpirri - Winds of Change - Documentary 2.30pm

Wanta is an initiated Warlpiri man who shares a deeply refreshing perspective on the challenges for his remote community in Central Australia.


Torres to the Thames - Documentary 3.30pm

Torres To The Thames follows the Purple Spider Dance troupe as they perform at a prestigious Festival in England. 
The experience will strengthen their connection and belief in their Culture.


The Loner - Documentary 7.00

A documentary on the lost album recording of Uncle Vic Simms in the 1960's from Bathurst prison and its inspiration for a Torres Strait Islander man seeking to bring it back to life with a twist.