Australian Film represents australian national identity

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The media consists of a set of touch media used to transmit messages from one person to another. Media has made it possible for people to air their opinions, frustrations, and concerns through different means of communication, such as television, radio, or even film. The following article analyzes how Australian society is represented in Australian films, how ideas are produced and expressed in films.
Keywords: newspapers, Australian movies, television and radio
Documentaries are used in each of the films made to highlight the theories in Australia. Recently, Ronda Rousey’s documentary revealed how people are still inspired. She’s been a martial arts professional for the past 10 years. Her documentary involved interviews with members of the group who are all Australian citizens. Some of the women interviewed showed how Australian women are not inspired and they challenged them to “enter the cage” as a way of inspiring them to do what they do.

Inspiring Women through Martial arts in Australia

According to these women, they admitted that they no longer live in the world where their grandmothers lived; they are rather career women and goal driven women. They have the right to choose what they want to do but at the same time, they admitted having a major problem. Women are not making it to the top of any profession.

That is why she chose to start the campaign of inspiring women to join the martial arts which according to her, translates her everyday life. The young generation mostly girls are encouraged to join in, according to her martial arts is kind of way a means of self defense. In a society where there are many menaces like sexual assault and battery, women are encouraged to participate in such sports for their own self defense. Rousey is a victim of sexual assault and after her encounter with the ruthless gang, she started this documentary. At first, she started with a seminar of 100 women across Melbourne and since then the group has grown and every day they are constantly receiving new interested members.

The Advantages of Martial Arts

Martial arts has also enabled women who feel insecure with about their own bodies develop a sense of pride in themselves. Caitland Coulson, an MMA fighter admitted that she was first compelled to join the group after the show aired its first time. She said she was a victim of weight Insecurity, but when she joined martial arts she met other women who had the same problem. With time she has developed and grown back her self confidence. These women also admitted that it a good program to share their ideas with others. Some of other benefits associated with martial arts according to these women is fitness, confidence level and it is also a means of amusement. They are hopeful that it will evolve and be accepted by many people mostly around Melbourne especially women.

Women Positions in the Community

According to Ronda Rousey and a recent research, the numbers don’t lie. Of all the people around the world in the parliament, 13% are women. In the corporate sector, women at the top, C-level jobs, the numbers have not changed since 2002 and if they have according to these women, were heading in the wrong direction.

Women were reported to have hard choices between professional success and personal fulfillment. According to a recent research which can be compared to US, married senior managers, two-thirds of married men have children and only one-third of the married women had children.

In this documentary, she gave her real life personal experience where she said that a couple of years ago; she was in one of those fancy Melbourne private equity offices pitching a deal. She was in a three hour meeting and two hours in, there is need to have that bio break. So everyone stood up, and the partner running the meeting starts looking really embarrassed. It’s at that moment she realized that the partner did not know where the women’s room in the office was. Apparently, the office had been in existence in the last one year, but the person did not know where the women’s room was. To her, that was a shock since it meant she was the only woman to have pitched such a deal for at least a whole year.

The Aboriginals

Another documentary film in Australia represents the indigenous Australians called the Aboriginals. They represent the Australian identity, but for the longest time, they have faced extreme historical persecution. So much so that in 1998 Australia implemented an annual National Sorry Day. This holiday serves as a form of recompense and it raises awareness of indigenous populations.

Who are Aboriginals people exactly?

Well, Australia is a home of different indigenous populations for example the Wiradjuri in the New South Wales, and the Noonger in Western Australia. Aboriginal’s populations are often grouped together and referred to as “Aborigines”; however the term according to various scholars is pejorative. Instead, legally, the native’s populations of Australia are referred to as “Aboriginals”.

The Identity of the Aboriginals

Recently, a genetic study indeed found that native Australian peoples may have left Africa up to 75000 years ago, therefore likely representing one of the oldest continuous populations outside Africa. For centuries, they thrived in Australia usually in nomadic societies. Some developed distinct tools like the boomerang, used for hunting and didgeridoo, a musical instrument which is still popular today. Their extensive legends and oral traditions are sometimes referred to as dreaming and help explain their way of life and the world around them. By the time Europeans first established a colony in Australia in 1788, native populations were thought to number around 300,000 and there may have been an estimated 300 different aboriginal languages spoken. However with the subsequent colonization of Australia, new diseases, violence spurred by racism and oppressive land-use policies devastated many of the traditional societies.

Currently, Aboriginals people account for just 3% of the Australian population. Only about 75 aboriginal languages still remain, and many are in danger of dying out completely. Up until several decades ago, aboriginals and Torres Strait islanders faced extreme racism and government encroachment on their territories. Many were not given Australian citizenship until the mid 20th century. Also during that time, the Australian government supported forcibly taking aboriginal children away from their parents. The reason for such policies varied, but many claimed it was for child protection and resocialization. The children taken away from their homes were eventually known as the “stolen generation” and they were raised to be domestic servants. The government has since formally apologized for their part in creating “stolen generation” and national sorry day is specifically in honor of them.

Although in modern times there has been a huge change in the government’s attitudes towards aboriginal people, high rates of unemployment, and alcoholism, poverty, crime, and health problems for the population persist. Aboriginal representation in the Australian government also remains low. And even today, land disputes between indigenous groups and the government are ongoing. All that the aboriginals are asking is the acceptance like Australian people also and through documentaries, they have been able to air their grievances in order to earn and show their Australian identity.

Through such documentaries, the government has seen the suffering of the aboriginals and has taken measures like sending troops there to maintain peace.

Conclusion

In regard to these two documentaries, the Australians identities are clearly represented in the media and mostly through the various documentaries in their culture diversity level and spotting.

References

Game-Lopata, J. (2014). Women of Note: The Rise of Australian Women Composers. Musicology Australia, 36(1), pp.153-158.

Leslie, W., Derksen, S., Prior, H., Lix, L., Metge, C. and O’Neil, J. (2006). The interaction of ethnicity and chronic disease as risk factors for osteoporotic fractures: a comparison in Canadian Aboriginals and non-Aboriginals. Osteoporosis International, 17(9), pp.1358-1368.

On Line Opinion. (2017). Race, media and cultural identities in Australia – On Line Opinion – 12/4/2010. [online] Available at: http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=10288 [Accessed 24 May 2017].

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