Synopsis

Native Title Rockets, The Right to say No is a feature hybrid documentary, using 3D animation incorporating traditional paintings and projection to punctuate the story. Beautiful cinematography coupled with a strong presenter led story. The documentary will reveal research investigating how misinformation, a lacking legal framework and poverty can position a space rocket launch testing site on sacred women’s country. The rocket launch ‘test’ site is at a small Aboriginal community, Koonibba. The rocket launch companies lease expands inland, covering projectile calculations of over 200 kms inland, deep into Kokatha Country. This land has been leased from the local Aboriginal Corporation as it is classified as Native Title, whilst also governed by Parks and Wildlife. The rockets will shot into the earth’s atmosphere, discarding the used rocket booster and crash landing onto Kokatha women’s country. Once the rockets have entered into the atmosphere, electronic defence satellites will be ejected into orbit. The satellites will be used to assist Australian military to operate drones and other unmanned, on ground vehicles, expanding their operations to include space. Reminiscent of military operation testings in the area, Maralinga and Emu Fields lay testament to the damage and impact on future generations, that the Pitjantjatjara people must bare. The geographical positioning of the rocket launch site borders the military prohibited area, Woomera. Senior Kokatha Elder, Sue Coleman Haseldine tells her story, and the threats her country faces to the military industrial complex and mining exploration. Expanding beyond the story of Kokatha country, looking to other Elders fighting for the protection of their country and sacred sites, the documentary will build its narrative to a national conversation. Unravelling the complexities of political circumstance, history and corporate power. We will listen to Elders, Activist’s, Aboriginal corporations, lawyers, Senators and environmental scientists.

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