Revis Ryder, Daisy Ward, Wendy Kelly © Periscope Pictures & Pink Pepper
Documentary Our Law is set to premiere on NITV as part of Karla Grant Presents at 8:30pm AWST on Monday, 22 June 2020.
Produced by WA’s Periscope Pictures and Pink Pepper, Our Law follows two Noongar police officers, Senior Sergeant Revis Ryder and Sergeant Wendy Kelly, as they police one of the most remote beats in the works, Warakurna, home to an Indigenous community still practicing the lore of one of the world’s oldest living cultures.
The documentary has just been announced that is an Official Selection at Sydney Film Festival, 2020 and also a Finalist for Best Australian Documentary.
Audiences will be enthralled in the story as police officers Ryder and Kelly learn Yarnagu Lore and culture and master the local Ngaanyatijarra language in an attempt to gain trust and replace the historical black and white law enforcement approach of the past.
“Our Law shows that to repair the broken relationship between Police and the Aboriginal community, you just need a little respect and deep listening to build real human connections,” said Director, Cornel Ozies.
“Screenwest was pleased to support the development and production of Our Law, which addresses the need for deeper cultural understanding and tolerance to forge a pathway for healing within Indigenous communities in Western Australia. The project’s selection as part of the Sydney Film Festival demonstrates that this project will encourage wider audiences to acknowledge and experience the wealth of stories and culture from Indigenous people across this vast state, and we are thoroughly looking forward to its reception at the prestigious event,” explained Screenwest Indigenous Manager, Devina McPherson.
Our Law is a heart-warming journey into remote Indigenous life, where the power of traditional language is revealed to create common ground for two very different worlds. Our Law takes a fascinating look at the junction between law enforcement, Indigenous agency and culture, asking can language offer a new kind of empathy in the conduct of policing? NITV can’t wait to share this story with our audience on 22nd June,” said NITV Commissioning Editor, Cieron Cody.
Watch Our Law on NITV on Karla Grant Presents on Monday 22 June at 8:30pm and available f0r catch up on SBS On Demand or purchase tickets to a sneak peek virtual screening at Sydney Film Festival, running online from 10 – 21 June 2020.
Our Law is a Pink Pepper and Periscope Pictures production for NITV. Principal production investment from Screenwest and Lotterywest in association with NITV.
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