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Film screening: We Don’t Need A Map

This event is part of the Sydney Environment Institute’s NAIDOC Week celebrations

The Southern Cross is the most famous constellation in the southern hemisphere.

Ever since colonisation it’s been claimed, appropriated and hotly-contested for ownership by a radical range of Australian groups. But for Aboriginal people the meaning of this heavenly body is deeply spiritual. And just about completely unknown. For a start, the Southern Cross isn’t even a cross – it’s a totem that’s deeply woven into the spiritual and practical lives of Aboriginal people.

One of Australia’s leading film-makers, Warwick Thornton, tackles this fiery subject head-on in this bold, poetic essay-film. We Don’t Need a Map (85 mins) asks questions about where the Southern Cross sits in the Australian psyche. Imbued with Warwick’s cavalier spirit, this is a fun and thought-provoking ride through Australia’s cultural and political landscape.


  • Kirsten Banks
  • Dr Christine Winter (Chair)



Camperdown NSW 2050, Australia
Old Geology Lecture Theatre, Science Road,<br /> University of Sydney


Tuesday 9 July 2019 from 5.30pm to 7.30pm


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