Special treatment Locking up Aboriginal children : a film

Margaret Smith

Streaming video - 2014

Australians have an historic hatred of police and of authority - but for black Australians it is a brutal reality. Some Australians call it a secret war. Others see it as evidence of an on-going penal mentality. But despite the attempt at cultural genocide, Aboriginal juveniles remain defiant and resilient, with a clever humour that gets them into even more trouble with police. They have to contend with over-policing and police harassment, and a criminal justice system which is more likely to se...ntence them for petty crimes than their white counterparts. The documentary, made by a crew of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians, features prominent Aborigines such as Lyall Munro Jnr., Evelyn Crawford and Shane Phillips, as well as criminologist Chris Cunneen, who tell of the history of taking Aboriginal children away from their families. The overwhelming fear of some Aborigines is that repeated incarceration can lead to institutionalisation, deaths in custody, or a pattern of life which can psychologically cripple them in adulthood. The film visits outback towns including Bourke, Brewarrina and Walgett, as well as Moree and Sydney's Redfern, and goes inside Reiby, Minda and Mt Penang juvenile detention centres. The teenagers make provocative viewing as Special Treatment finds out what Aboriginal juveniles think about how they are treated. It also attempts to explore past, present and future solutions as Koori kids tell their own stories and comment on the initiatives now being taken. The soundtrack features some of the exciting bands of contemporary Australian rock music such as Paul Kelly, Archie Roach and Mixed Relations. Special Treatment received a special commendation from the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission. --Kanopy.

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A Kanopy streaming video
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Published
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming 2014.
Language
English
Physical Description
1 online resource (1 video file, 55 min. 55 sec.) : digital, stereo., sound, color
Format
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Production Credits
Directed and produced by Margaret Anne Smith.
Access
AVAILABLE FOR USE ONLY BY IOWA CITY AND RESIDENTS OF THE CONTRACTING GOVERNMENTS OF JOHNSON COUNTY, UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, HILLS, AND LONE TREE (IA).
Main Author
Margaret Smith (-)
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Kanopy (Firm) (-)
Other Authors
Lydia Miller (-)