When the dust settles, culture remains: Maralinga Tjarutja

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A new documentary, Maralinga Tjarutja, premieres on ABC TV and iview on Sunday 24 May.

This documentary shines a spotlight on the 60,000 year connection to country of the Maralinga Tjarutja people and provides an Indigenous perspective to the upcoming ABC drama, Operation Buffalo.

Located in the west of South Australia, Maralinga Tjarutja land was the site of the British Nuclear Test Program between 1953 and 1963.

After campaigning for the clean-up of contamination, compensation and the handback in 2009 of the Maralinga Village and Test Sites; the Maralinga Tjarutja people have rebuilt vibrant, creative cultural communities that will ensure Maralinga Tjarutja custodianship of their lands into the future.

Jeremy LeBois, the Chair of the Maralinga Tjarutja Trust said “This documentary is important to the Maralinga people because it gives us a voice to tell the real story of what really happened to the people who walked, lived and hunted on this land for thousands of years.”

Eualeyai/Kamillaroi writer and director Larissa Behrendt said “It is a story that deserves to be told through the voices and art of the people who lived it”.

“The red earthed country that stretches under blue skies provides a cinematic backdrop to the story of a community that has rebuilt itself to be vibrant, strong and proud of its culture.”

Hi all, I encourage you to review the Maralinga Tjarutja documentary to be screened on ABC at 7.40pm on Sunday 24 May 2020.

This documentary is the true story as told by Anangu and will be screened prior to the 6 part mini series – Operation Buffalo, which is scheduled to be screened on ABC the following Sunday and thereafter.


Sharon Yendall
General Manager
Maralinga Tjarutja Lands
Oak Valley Community




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