Hommage to David & Judith McDougall


Judith MacDougall
Australia 2001 | 55 Min. | DV Cam, OmeU
This film attempts to pro­vide a new way of explor­ing the com­plex social life sur­round­ing mate­r­i­al objects. DIYA fol­lows the life his­to­ry an object through the every­day expe­ri­ences of the … read more


David MacDougall
Australia 2000 | 140 Min. | DV Cam, OmeU
The Doon School, locat­ed in Dehra Dun in Uttar Pradesh, is India’s most famous board­ing school for boys and has some­times been called »the Eton of India«. It was estab­lished … read more


David MacDougall, Judith MacDougall
Austria 1979 | 70 Min. | 16 mm, OmeU
A por­trait of Lorang, the patri­arch of a large home­stead among the semi­no­madic Turkana of north-west­ern Kenya. At the time the film was made, most Turkana (includ­ing Lorang’s own son) … read more


David & Judith MacDougall
Australia 1980 | 90 Min. | 16 mm, OmeU

In March 1978, the Queens­land state gov­ern­ment in Aus­tralia announced its inten­tion to take over man­age­ment of the Aurukun Abo­rig­i­nal Reserve on Cape York Penin­su­la. The reserve had been admin­is­tered by the Unit­ing Church since early in the cen­tu­ry. The church had recent­ly earned the trust of the com­mu­ni­ty as a defend­er against the encroach­ment of gov­ern­ment and mining inter­ests. The Abo­rig­i­nal people com­plained bit­ter­ly, fear­ing the Queens­land gov­ern­ment was merely seek­ing easier access to rich baux­ite deposits on their Reserve. When the Fed­er­al gov­ern­ment took the side of the Abo­rig­inies against the Queens­land gov­ern­ment, the stage was set for a nation­al con­fronta­tion which soon became front-page news across Aus­tralia. The film shows what it was like at Aurukun during those cru­cial three weeks, pro­vid­ing an inside view of a com­mu­ni­ty under threat – and the behav­iour of politi­cians and the press when deal­ing with Abo­rig­i­nal people. Fran­cis Yunka­por­ta, one of Aurukun’s lead­ers, pro­vides com­men­tary on the events.