Blackbird Film Project

My Sundance Acceptance Speech – Merata Mita Fellowship

Firstly I’d like to acknowledge the traditional owners of this land, the Ute peoples. And pay my respects to elders past and present and also acknowledge other First Nations peoples in the room today.  Being here with you all, the other indigenous fellows, is an absolute honor and a privilege. […]

Australian South Sea Islander cane cutters on a sugar cane plantation in Queensland SLQ

Blackbird Film Shines a Light on a Dark Part of Australian History

JUNE 2015 Melbourne based Australian Solomon Islander filmmaker Amie Batalibasi has embarked on a journey to tell a story that has so often been left out of mainstream Australian history dialogue. The Australian South Sea Islanders (ASSI) are the descendants of some estimated 55,000 to 62,500 Pacific Islanders who were […]