• Join the Whitfield family for 'This Christmas', NITV's family film for December 25th. (IMBD)Source: IMBD
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.
Karina Marlow

21 Dec 2016 - 11:14 AM  UPDATED 21 Dec 2016 - 11:14 AM

NITV is a channel made by, for and about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Through us, you will discover a channel for all Australians. Be inspired and learn the true history and culture of Australia on NITV.

Te Araroa: Tales from the Trails

Sunday, 25th December 7.30pm

Pio Terei takes a fresh look at Aotearoa by foot, to connect with the people and local histories. The unspoilt landscapes hark back to when Maori and Pakeha explorers first encountered this land.

This Christmas

Sunday, 25th December 9.30pm

At holiday time, family matriarch Ma'Dere Whitfield assembles her large brood for their first reunion in four years. However, family ties show signs of strain when various secrets come to light.

Motorkite Dreaming

Monday, 26th December 7.30pm

In this week’s adventure Daryl's broke and making expensive mistakes. It's too wild to fly, so they split up, leaving the boys behind in a cursed town.

Sisters, Pearls and Mission Girls

Monday, 26th December 8.00pm

A history of the Sisters of St John of God, and their work with Aboriginal people in the remote Kimberley region of Western Australia.

Buffy Sainte-Marie

Wednesday, 28th December 8.00pm

Buffy lights up the screen as this documentary offers privileged access to her life backstage, on reserves and at her home in Hawaii and mixes current performance footage with archival film.

Living Black: Game of Dreams

Wednesday, 28th December 9.00pm

In the outback Queensland town of Mt Isa, rugby league is a way of life. For many young indigenous players, the footy field is not only a place of pride, but a gateway to better things.

Dave Chappelle stands up at NITV
We find out the story behind the energetic African-American comedian lighting up our screens this January.

Dave Chappelle’s Block Party

Wednesday, 28th December 9.30pm

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.

Toots and the Maytals: Reggae Got Soul

Thursday, 29th December 7.30pm

Toots Hibbert is one of the most influential artists ever to come out of Jamaica.  His songs are at the same time stories of everyday life in Jamaica and postcards from another world.

Toots and the Maytals: Live at Strawberry Hill

Thursday, 29th December 8.30pm

Regarded internationally as one of the top vocalists in music, Toots & the Maytals' 'Strawberry Hills' session is a must have for lovers of good music worldwide.


Thursday, 29th December 9.30pm

After a friend overdoses, Spoon and Stretch decide to kick their drug habits and attempt to enrol in a government detox program.

GRIDLOCKD: Airs Thursday, 29 Dec from 9:30PM on NITV
Hard to think that a movie about two musicians trying to kick drugs could be entertaining, even funny but Vondie Curtis-Hall's directorial debut, starring Tim Roth and the late Tupac Shakur, is the exception that proves the rule, an absolute delight as the pair search for rehab, only to find that it's harder to get in to than they think.
GridLock'd: An urban drama featuring the legendary hip hop icon 2Pac
After a friend overdoses, Spoon and Stretch decide to kick their drug habits and attempt to enroll in a government detox program. Their efforts are hampered by seemingly endless red tape, as they are shuffled from one office to another while being chased by drug dealers and the police.

Kaitangata Twitch

Friday, 30th December 7.30pm

Kaitangata Twitch follows 12-year-old Meredith, who sees eerie visions as a Governors Bay island is drilled for mining.

Corp & Anam

Saturday, 31st December 9.30pm

TV crime correspondent Cathal Mac Iarnain prides himself on pursuing the story behind the story, but is too busy to notice that the world of crime is coming closer to home every day.