• (L-R) Gurrumul, She Who Must Be Loved, Storm Boy (NITV Various)Source: NITV Various
Every night this week, NITV is showcasing rich Indigenous stories to celebrate NAIDOC week.
NITV Staff Writers

6 Jul 2019 - 3:58 PM  UPDATED 6 Jul 2019 - 3:58 PM

Broadcasting on-air and streaming online, we are celebrating NAIDOC Week and exploring this year’s theme #VoiceTreatyTruth.

A collection of vibrant and thought-provoking feature documentaries, movies and shorts screening daily from 7-14 July.

We take you from the glamour of the 2019 NAIDOC Awards in Canberra, to the coastal wilderness of South Australia with Storm Boy, and blue-water beaches of Elcho Island, where Gurrumul Yunipingu's family calls home. 


2019 National NAIDOC Awards

Saturday, 6.30pm

Join Aaron Fa’aosa and Rachel Hocking as they bring you all the glitz and the glamour from the Red Carpet and Awards Ceremony at the 2019 NAIDOC Ball live from Canberra.

Running since 1985, the annual NAIDOC Awards Ceremony marks the start of NAIDOC Week and recognises outstanding Indigenous Australians and the contributions they’ve made to improve the lives of First Peoples in their communities or the excellence they’ve shown in their chosen field. 



Sunday, 6.30pm

An Australian television premiere, brought to the screen by NITV’s Commissioning team, Treaty is a documentary series made up of four short films that explore what Treaty means to Aboriginal people in Victoria today.

These individual stories document the issues around Treaty in Victoria, told through the lens of emerging Aboriginal filmmakers.



Sunday, 8.30pm (also simulcast on SBS)

‘Core to the film is the question of what it means to be an Indigenous Australian in the modern world.’  - Luke Buckmaster, The Guardian.

Debuted at the Berlin Film Festival in 2018 and met with rave reviews, Gurrumul is a portrait of an artist on the brink of global reverence, and the struggles he and those closest to him faced in balancing that which mattered most to him and keeping the show on the road.

Celebrated by audiences at home and abroad, Indigenous artist Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunipingu was one of the most important and acclaimed voices to ever come out of Australia. Blind from birth, he found purpose and meaning through songs and music inspired by his community and country on Elcho Island in far North East Arnhem Land.

Living a traditional Yolngu life, his breakthrough album ‘Gurrumul’ brought him to a crossroads as audiences and artists around the world began to embrace his music.


The Song Keepers

Monday, 7.30pm

Premiering on the world stage at MIFF 2017 and commissioned by NITV, The Song Keepers tells the joyous and poignant story of four generations of song women that make up The Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir as they go on a historic journey to take back the hymns that were given to them by their ancestors by the German missionaries but in their own Western Arrarnta and Pitjantjatjara languages and on their own terms.


Servant or Slave

Wednesday, 7.30pm 

Another gem from the NITV Commissioning team, Servant or Slave made its debut at MIFF 2016 and is a compelling piece of first-person storytelling casting light over a dark part of Australia’s colonial history.

Director Steven McGregor’s documentary follows the lives of five Aboriginal women who were stolen from their families and trained to be domestic servants. With the government exercising complete control over their wages, many thousands of Aboriginal boys and girls were effectively condemned to an inescapable cycle of abuse, rape and enslavement.


The Point – Youth Parliament

Wednesday, 8.30pm

The Point broadcasts a youth forum from Old Parliament House from the NAIDOC host city, Canberra. Hosts Rachael Hocking and John Paul Janke will be joined by 12 young guests to design a future declaration for young Australians, celebrating and acknowledging our shared history and aspirations, from our ancient First Peoples’ heritage and culture, our British institutions and our multicultural society in Australia.


Rabbit-Proof Fence

Wednesday, 9.30pm

The controversy of the Stolen Generation is played out in this true story about three Aboriginal girls.

Taken from their home and separated from their mothers, they are sent to a remote settlement 1,500 miles away. In response, they attempt the impossible and embark on a daring escape and epic journey to find their way back home – across an unforgiving landscape that will test their very will to survive.

Starring Everlyn Sampi, Kenneth Branagh and David Gulpilil, who was nominated for an AACTA for Best Supporting Actor.


Westwind: Djalu's Legacy

Thursday, 9pm

Djalu Gurriwiwi is an aging elder in a line of 60,000 years long who is running out of time to pass on the Yidaki (didgeridoo) Songlines entrusted to him for the future of his people, before they die with him.

His son and community, struggling to come to terms with the consequences of colonisation, are lost. When Djalu breaks with tradition to try and save them, world famous musician Gotye becomes an unexpected family member and helps heal Djalu’s sons and amplify his songs to the world. Featured at CinefestOZ 2017 and MIFF 2017, Westwind: Djalu’s Legacy is a proud NITV commission.


Storm Boy

Friday, 7.30pm

Filmed in 1976, Storm Boy is a classic Australian film about Mike, a lonely boy living in a coastal wilderness with his reclusive father. In search of friendship, he encounters an Aboriginal loner and the two form a bond caring for orphaned pelicans. Storm Boy was the winner of three AFI Awards in 1977 for Best Film, Best Director (Henri Safran) and Best Actor in a Lead Role (David Gulpilil).


She Who Must Be Loved

Sunday, 8.30pm

Winner of the Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Australian Documentary at this year’s Sydney Film Festival, She Who Must Be Loved, is the life story of trailblazing Alfreda Glynn, a 78-year-old Aboriginal woman and co-founder of the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association and Imparja TV.

Directed by her daughter, Erica Glynn (In My Own Words) and commissioned by NITV, She Who Must Be Loved documents Freda’s childhood living under Aboriginal Protection policies, moving onto her early adulthood carving out a career as a photographer while raising five children on her own.

It details Freda’s radicalisation in the early ’70s that saw her channel her unstoppable energy and enthusiasm into co-founding and establishing CAAMA, the first radio broadcaster to transmit regular programming in Aboriginal languages.


Jupurrurla – Man of Media

Sunday, 10pm

Commissioned by NITV and an Australian television premiere, this short documentary is the story of Warlpiri elder and lawman, Francis Jupurrurla Kelly, who was instrumental in starting the Indigenous media industry in Australia and now serves as Chair of the Central Land Council.


The SBS network is celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and recognising the achievements of our First Peoples throughout National NAIDOC Week (7-14 July). For programs, movies, articles and info, go here.

Join the conversation #NAIDOC2019 & #VoiceTreatyTruth