Blackbird Film Project

Berlinale - Blackbird Film Still - Kiko 08 © Amie Batalibasi

BLACKBIRD to Screen at Berlinale International Film Festival

BLACKBIRD has been invited to screen at the 69th Berlinale International Film Festival in February 2019 as part of the Berlinale NATIVe Program. It’s an honour for our film and this story to be recognised at an international festival of this calibre especially as it’s part of a program focusing on indigenous storytelling in the Pacific region. BLACKBIRD is […]

BLACKBIRD ON DVD Ronin Films

BLACKBIRD DVD RELEASE

BLACKBIRD DVD INTERNATIONAL RELEASE 4th JULY 2018: http://bit.ly/BlackbirdRonin BLACKBIRD is a short film by Australian Solomon Islander filmmaker Amie Batalibasi, that sheds light on a little known part of history – Australia’s sugar slaves. Ronin Films will release the BLACKBIRD DVD 4th JULY 2018, 9am AEST. BLACKBIRD screened at the New […]

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 […]