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Footprints On Our Land

6:00PM - 27th Oct 2016

Canberra Story

Celebrate the legacy of living legend Aunty Agnes Shea. Award-winning documentary filmmaker Pat Fiske has brought to light the important life story of Ngunnawal Elder Aunty Agnes Shea. Ranging from her life as a girl on Oak Hill and Hollywood missions in Yass to the present day, FOOTPRINTS ON OUR LAND captures Aunty Agnes’s life as a survivor of racism, a caring mother and grandmother and a strong advocate for her community. Her tireless service welcoming people to Ngunnawal country, in the tradition of her people, has been a major force for Reconciliation in the ACT. Tuggeranong Arts Centre produced the film, with the support of the ACT Government, to recognise and celebrate Indigenous culture in the ACT and CIFF is proud to bring this important film to a wide audience. CIFF acknowledge that the festival is held on Ngunnawal country and in opening the festival with this film we pay due respect to Aunty Agnes and all Ngunnawal elders past, present and future. All proceeds from the FOOTPRINTS ON OUR LAND screening will be donated to the Ngunnawal Elders Council.

Feature: Q&A with director Pat Fiske, Agnes Shea and family



Agnes Shea


Aunty Agnes Shea is a Senior Elder of the Ngunnawal people, born at Hollywood Mission Yass, on the traditional lands of her Ngunnawal ancestors. She is a strong voice for Aboriginal people and her community, including as a founding member of the United Ngunnawal Elders Council. She has been awarded an Order of Australia Medal and ACT Chief Minister's Senior Citizen of the Year for her advocacy and bringing about positive change in the community and delivers traditional Welcomes to Country across the ACT for the benefit of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.

Pat Fiske

Director - FOOTPRINTS ON OUR LAND Pat Fiske of Bower Bird Films Pty. Ltd. has been producing and directing films since the early 1970s and has been a prominent member of Australia’s independent filmmaking community. In 2001, she was awarded the prestigious Stanley Hawes Award for her outstanding contribution to the documentary industry in Australia at the Australian Documentary Conference in Perth. In the 1970s and 80s, she was on the boards of Filmnews and ASDA. In 2001-2002 Pat was a Documentary Consultant at SBS Independent for 18 months. And she was Co-Head of the Documentary Department at AFTRS with Mitzi Goldman from 2002 to 2008. For many years she worked as a curator for Australian Screen Online. Her extensive filmography includes producer of LOVE MARRIAGE IN KABUL, SCARLET ROAD, RIVER OF NO RETURN, BEATS ACROSS BORDERS, SELLING SICKNESS, and BUSINESS BEHIND BARS: a two part series which won a 2001 Walkley Award. She was director/producer of FOLLOWING THE FENCELINE, ROCKING THE FOUNDATIONS (a history of the NSW Builders Laborers’ Federation and the Green Bans) and AN ARTIST IN EDEN. Pat Fiske was the director of DOC (a portrait of Herbert Vere Evatt), FOR ALL THE WORLD TO SEE (a portrait of Professor Fred Hollows), AUSTRALIA DAZE, NIGHT PATROL, ENDO WHAT?, and co-director of LARRIKIN LAD, WOOLLOOMOOLOO, and LEAPING OFF THE EDGE.


October 27, 2016
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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NFSA Arc Cinema
1 McCoy Circuit
Acton, ACT 2601 Australia
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(02) 6248 2000

Film Details

Pat Fiske
37 mins