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Island Home Country| 52mins
Director: Jeni Thornley | Producer: Jeni Thornley
Focus Years: 2008 | Country: Australia
Subject Tags: australia, culture, ethics, freedom, identity, oceania, politics, race
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
"I am white, born on a stolen island. This is my story of a journey." So begins Jeni Thornley’s very personal exploration of Australian history, in 'Island Home Country'. The film is a searching examination of the ways in which traces of the past are always to be found in the present, and continue to gesture towards the future. Thornley frames the most important questions of all: who are we and how did we come to be? This is ultimately a study of identity, memory and truth, and the complex interplay between the forces that shape our sense of home. The peaceful island of Thornley’s memory – her childhood behind the protective green hedge – begins to come into irreconcilable conflict with what she discovers about Australia’s colonial history. (Kate Raynor Australian Teachers of Media Study Guide).
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