March 3, 1992 |
Guillermo Gomez-Pena stroked his mustache, pulled on a cigarette and offered an assessment of the work. "This kind of art is not uplifting," he said, waving his hand in a dismissive motion. "It's propaganda. It's incriminating." The work in question was his own, but the opinion was not.
September 20, 1987 |
A High Court judge wept as he listened to harrowing accounts of racism against Aborigines in Australia's outback towns. "I have been to Soweto in South Africa, to German concentration camps, but this is my own country," he exclaimed after trudging through ankle-deep mud to inspect 40 hovels, home to 500 Aborigines in the Toomelah settlement in New South Wales.
July 19, 2007 |
There was a point during production of "Ten Canoes," the first feature made entirely in an Australian indigenous language and based on traditional stories, when writer-director Rolf de Heer asked himself, "What am I doing here?" Made in collaboration with and featuring numerous members of the Ramingining Aboriginal community in Arnhem Land in northern Australia, the lighthearted comedy is set years before the arrival of whites, during tribal times of the Yolngu.
August 5, 1997 |
Instead of a test pattern on their television screens at 4 a.m., Australians trained their bleary eyes Monday on the red, black and yellow geometric designs of the aboriginal flag, as seen live from Greece in mid-victory celebration. Australians were up and tuned in before dawn because halfway around the globe, Cathy Freeman was bidding to become the women's world champion runner at 400 meters.
January 6, 1991 |
"For me, the work is almost like an emotional diary," reflects Nina Wiener as she discusses how she approaches making dances. "I finish a piece, look at it and say, 'That's interesting; I hadn't realized I felt that way.' " The tall, lean choreographer, who exudes casual glamour, is sipping tea in her Tribeca loft while the season's first snowfall blunts the city's harsher edges. But her mind is on a very different terrain--that of Australia, which inspired her latest dance.
September 25, 2000 |
When Cathy Freeman took to the track early this morning to run the 400-meter finals at Olympic Stadium, she was wearing the prescribed Australian team uniform, green and gold. But her shoes--those were yellow, red and black. Yellow for the sun. Red for the land, the red center of this vast island continent. And black for Australia's indigenous people, the Aborigines.
February 17, 2004 |
Rioters in an Aboriginal neighborhood of Sydney set fire to a train station and pelted police with gasoline bombs and bricks, injuring 40 officers in a nine-hour street battle sparked by allegations that police chased a teenager to his death. Hundreds of police doused the rioters using hoses during the fighting, which stretched into Monday morning. The hospitalized officers mostly suffered broken bones, and one was knocked unconscious by a flying brick.
May 13, 2001 |
It's hard to faze an Angeleno. But if you had been cruising down Olympic Boulevard in Santa Monica on a recent Friday, passing New Roads School, you might have wondered if you had driven into "Survivor II" in the outback. There, on a round patch of grass, with Los Angeles traffic whizzing by in the background, a group of Aboriginal teens stripped off their surfer glasses and jeans, painted their bodies with stripes of blue, and danced with spears to the low, haunting sound of the didgeridoo.