• Blakfulla Twitter had lots to say about last night's powerful documentary, "Incarceration Nation". (NITV)Source: NITV
The powerful documentary aired last night on NITV and provoked some passionate discussion, trending at the top of the country's Twitter.
NITV Staff Writer

30 Aug 2021 - 11:00 AM  UPDATED 6 Sep 2021 - 11:18 AM

WARNING: This article contains content that may be distressing to some readers. 

An examination of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples experience of the justice system in this country was always going to be intense. 

Last night, Incarceration Nation, a documentary exploring the dark history of Australia's punitive approach to First Nations people, and its modern day results, had viewers shocked. 

#IncacerationNation was one of the highest trending hashtags in the country last night, hitting no. 5 at its peak, just below #TheVoiceAU. 

Take a look at some of the reactions below. 

It was a powerful piece of television, with harrowing images from the country's bloody colonial past used to highlight the continuing prejudice experienced by mob. 

Explainer: What does 'Incarceration Nation' mean?
An examination into how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have become the most imprisoned on earth.

Some of the contemporary images are well known to us, such as that of Dylan Voller, a minor at the time, strapped to a chair with a spit hood on. 

Many viewers found themselves asking the bitter question yet again, of how a modern country can treat its most vulnerable in such a way. 

Explainer: Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody
In 1987, a landmark Royal Commission was established to investigate the causes of deaths of Aboriginal people in the nation's prisons.

Many viewers chimed in with their lived experience of encounters with police. 

Though Blakfullas have been demanding justice for decades, the documentary spurred people on once again to call for change, accountability and a recognition of the injustices faced by First Nations people at the hands of law enforcement. 

Amongst calls for reform, a petition was circulating heavily on Twitter last night, calling for a raise in the age of criminal responsibility. 

Incarceration Nation is streaming now on SBS On Demand. Don't miss this important moment in television.

‘Incarceration Nation – The History of Black Injustice’ collection added to SBS On Demand
To further highlight issues and themes throughout Incarceration Nation, NITV has curated a powerful slate of programming, The ‘Incarceration Nation – The History of Black Injustice’ collection.


Stream Incarceration Nation on SBS On Demand:


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