• Grandmothers Against Removal have fought against child removal. (NITV)Source: NITV
Truth-telling documentary After the Apology questions what has really improved since the 2008 Kevin Rudd apology.
NITV Staff Writers

12 Oct 2018 - 5:58 PM  UPDATED 12 Oct 2018 - 6:01 PM

Following Kevin Rudd’s National Apology to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and survivors of the Stolen Generations over a decade ago, landmark documentary After the Apology highlights the reality behind Indigenous child removals. 

The film investigates the current state of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child removal in Australia and features takes a look at the families who are fighting hard to end the national issue. 

After the Apology was first screened last year at the Adelaide Film Festival, but makes it's television debut this Sunday night. 

NITV Channel Manager Tanya Orman says the documentary reflects the devastating realities that so many Indigenous families face in Australia. 

“This film is a powerful reminder of the devastating realities that so many of our families are confronted with today and the resilience of those who work tirelessly to fight for justice," she said. 

The powerful documentary is written and directed by Indigenous author and legal academic Professor Larissa Behrendt. Also on board is renowned film producer, Michaela Perske known for Black Divaz and '88.

Throughout the film, Behrendt challenges the myth that the Stolen Generations is a former colonial project that ended in 2008 and lifts a lid on the reality that in the last decade the removal of Indigenous children has doubled in the past ten years. 

After the Apology shines a light on the community members who are working tirelessly to end the Stolen Generations and includes significant groups like Grandmothers Against Removals (GMAR), a community network of  Indigenous grandmothers who are directly affected by child removals. Voices and stories embedded in the film include four women from the GMAR such as founding members Suellyn Tighe and Hazel Collins who share their mission and reasons for resisting against the systems and governments. 

The documentary also includes high profile individuals who have previously or currently work within the system such as Former FACS Minister and present Australian Politician, Linda Burney and CEO of the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency, Muriel Bamblett. 


After the Apology will air on Sunday 14 October at 8.30pm on NITV (Ch.34). Join the conversation #AfterTheApology 

Catch up is available on SBS On Demand.