We Don't Need A Map
In 2010, filmmaker and artist Warwick Thornton (Samson and Delilah) made an off-hand remark to a journalist, suggesting that the Southern Cross was "becoming the new Swastika". All hell broke loose.
Being the most famous constellation in the southern hemisphere, the Southern Cross has 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.
The celebrated director returns to tackle this fiery subject head-on with a punk-infused road trip into the history of the Southern Cross in We Don't Need a Map. Thornton doesn't shy away from the tough questions about the place of the Cross in the Australian psyche, instead offers an in-depth look at the rich and surprising history of one of Australia's most iconic and contentious symbols.
Featuring fun and thought-provoking commentary from astronomers, philosophers, bush poets, rappers and tattoo artists– all speculating on the use and abuse of the famous five-star constellation.
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