WINNER! 2001 ATOM (Australian Teachers of Media) AWARD for BEST INDIGENOUS RESOURCE. An intimate autobiographical film that invites the audience into Harold Furber's vivid memories of being a desert kid stolen away to a tropical island.
Taken from Alice Springs by the Commonwealth Government at four years of age, Harold recounts his long journey north and his boyhood years on his new 'home' on Croker Island. Telling his story through the use of slides and old moving footage taken by the missionaries, he recounts a growing sense of a new family and home, continually punctuated by confusion, further separation from his sister and cousins and a longing for that other home and family back in the desert regions of Alice Springs. He tells us how the beauty of Croker Island and the care of the mission cottage mothers never diminished the pain of separation from his own mother, family and country and how the ritual slide nights on Croker Island helped keep his connection to his loved ones alive.
REMEMBERING COUNTRY is Harold's moving account of how it can take more than a lifetime for a stolen child to really reconnect with family and country. 2000, 26 mins, English
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