2013 ,    »  -   23 Comments
Ratings: 8.57/10 from 74 users.

With its grand sweeping vistas and awe-inspiring natural wonders, Australia is the closest you can get to a picture postcard paradise, particularly if you're a member of the wealthy elite. But the country's earliest inhabitants have come to know a different Australia; one that is characterized by intolerance, oppression and the constant threat of extermination. The feature-length documentary Utopia is a sharply observed portrait of their plight, and a rallying cry for all the country's citizens to stand against the grotesque human rights abuses taking place in their own backyard.

The black Aboriginal people of Australia made their home on the land for thousands of years prior to the European invasion of 1788. These invaders showed a flagrant disregard for the rights of these natives to exist, and proceeded to decimate their tribes through violence, concentration camps and the spreading of devastating diseases.

That same sense of deep-seated racism still thrives to this day even if it is hidden in plain sight. The film shows us surveillance video of physical abuses imposed by members of law enforcement, and an interview with one official who advocates for sterilization of the aboriginal race.

The most obvious offenses, however, are apparent from the manner in which the aborigines are forced to exist. The ironically named Utopia is the poorest region in Australia, and contains the largest population of Aboriginal people. That's where the filmmakers station the unflinching gaze of their cameras, and force us to witness firsthand the squalor and despair of their living conditions. The people appear to be dumped, abandoned and all but forgotten by "civilized" society. They lack proper shelter, clean water, public transport, electricity, and access to healthcare and sanitation services. Philanthropic organizations fight to improve the quality of life for the Aboriginal people, but their efforts are frustrated by a lack of awareness among the country's citizens, and an absence of empathy from members of its government.

The Aboriginal tribes of Australia are an irreplaceable part of the country's history, and they must be protected. Unfortunately, the sins of the past continue to define the present. Hopefully, films like the powerful and compassionate Utopia can help to shape a better future.

Directed by: John Pilger, Alan Lowery

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23 Comments / User Reviews

  1. User1

    Man I thought the US was the worst at treating it's indigenous people. Looks like we've been beat!

  2. Fish
  3. Fish

    What in a country that still wears mullets!

  4. Cass
  5. Cass

    It literally blows my mind how ignorant people are towards the people their ancestors have colonized. White people need to give their heads a shake...

  6. skankyflaps
  7. skankyflaps

    Terrible situation. Many have problems/questions, few have solutions.

  8. KsDevil
  9. KsDevil

    This just confirms my assessment that Australians are some of the nicest racists you will ever find.

  10. Sunny
  11. Sunny

    This is shockingly sad.

  12. Nanigirl
  13. Nanigirl

    If you want your life to change, then you will have to work at changing it.

  14. Dan
  15. Dan

    Australia, home of the most poisonous creatures on the planet ; thanks but not thanks!

  16. Diane Birkenmeier
  17. Diane Birkenmeier

    So sad...someone needs to stop this. Please!

  18. J. Scott
  19. J. Scott

    The book "The Global Bell Curve" explains it nicely!

  20. Isabella davis
  21. Isabella davis

    Heartbreaking deceit ....thought all of that ended after HITLER...BEAUTIFUL to see people embrace the lands and their ancestors ...hopefully one day they will live as it should be...free and happy and with the respect they deserve......

  22. Albert
  23. Albert

    This movie is a great reminder to the black people of the USA. Currently, there is a trend to ceate a new "racial classification" known as MIXED. That is another way to dilute the black and brown races in the USA and guarantee that the white race is able to maintain a status quo of authority and resources without having to put the troops on the streets as Austrailia did. Remember two things about this video. 1. Austrailians are cousins to the white Americas and they learned from lessons of brutality from their mother, ENGLAND. and 2. Those that forget the past are bound to repeat it. The answer for the black problem in Australia is the same for America. Dilute and illuminate the black population and there will not be a problem.

  24. Dominique
  25. Dominique

    Deeply disgusting ...

    I'm " White " , but I guarantee you that if I was in charge , those responsible for this hellish artificial and unwarranted situation would have to pay the HIGH price !!!

  26. Lila
  27. Lila

    When the Earth decides to vomit us out it will not come as a suprise to me. We think that ISIS is just something that has come into being without rhyme or reason but watch a few of these documentaries or luisten to the heart cries of the disinherited and your question why ISIS will be answered! Poor childeren. the sins of the fathers.........!

  28. Romy
  29. Romy

    As an Australian who witnesses very little of this, and it shocks me how disrespectful a lot of people in this country are. A good portion of Australians are not racist I want to establish that, we are a very multicultural society, but a decent percentage are, generally the more rural and older citizens. One thing that truly shocks me about out country's treatment of its indigenous people is the horrendous fact that we celebrate our national holiday on that of the day the european settlers arrived and the masacre of indigenous people begun. I always believed it was the day that we were federated as a state. The fact that although we do receive a relative amount of education on aboriginal peoples, we still remain oblivious to so many things and remain so disrespectful to the people who originate from this land. My respects to all indigenous people of Australia, and I apologize on the behalf of all those who have ever disrespected you when it was not their position to do so.

  30. Clan mwela
  31. Clan mwela

    I'm devastated , everywhere I look the truth is so painful . America Australia Africa Middle East Indonesia Asia and Europe . It all hurts . And this is just the beginning

  32. Romy
  33. Romy

    The pure ignorance of so many of my fellow australians in this video astounds me

  34. Ilo
  35. Ilo

    Just blows my mind of the sheer ignorance and racism that persevere still in Australia. I came to visit to Australia in the early 80s with my parents- they were looking for an author that wrote the book " a bastard like me" . But somehow they could not find him but instead found that when mentioned this writer in talks to white Australians most seemed surprised why the hell my parents were interested in looking up an Aboriginal person. My parents I remember were shocked at the Racist remarks even within so called "educated" people.

  36. Yeshahy
  37. Yeshahy

    As a Native American,and one who also watched Rabbit Proof Fence; The pale-skin will pay for everything they have done. The Most High has stated that in these latter day prophesies, that NO remnants of Edom.Edomites will survive
    Consider also that us so called Afro-Americans.black.hispanic.Native American's are Awakening from being the Lost and Scattered Hebrew Israelites. Genesis 25:25 Edom will fall and will be subject to all the Evil that has been done. Including the wrong name and image of Yeshur, who is black. It's good to know that pale-skins are having pregnancy problems, etc. Soon the world will be rid of the Viris and the original people's of the Earth including the animals and resources will be in Peace again. All Glories to The Most High, Yeshur, YAHUAH

  38. Brocky
  39. Brocky

    Yep, some pretty bad shit has happened to the Kooris, but at what stage do we start to develop a plan to move forward? How many hundreds of millions of dollars more should be spent on such a few and for how long?

  40. Carole
  41. Carole

    I was most disgusted by the 'richest person in Australia' yelling out 'Ax the Tax'. All the proof needed of absolute corruption and greed. They will not 'share' anything. They are revolting.

  42. Connie
  43. Connie

    John did an amazing, brave job on this..I am thoroughly impressed. I visited Oz two years ago...for 2 months...had a great time..but had I seen this, well, it would have colored my trip on many levels. I thought I wanted to go back...but now? ...

  44. Ashley
  45. Ashley

    I've always heard about how hard things were for Indigenous Australians but never knew how bad it was. This is disgusting and so sad.... eye opening documentary.

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