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Too Dark To See Documentary
'Too Dark To See' is a tri-partite production which includes a film, a photographic exhibition and a commemorative book. 'Too Dark To See' unveils the contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander soldiers. First Peoples have served in every major theatre of war since the Boer War. But whilst serving Australia, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were also fighting against their own nation's prejudice and ignorance; they weren't even considered citizens of Australia until 1967. Documentation of their bravery and service have often been under-recognised - even obscured - from the historical record. This production is both a fitting tribute and a cri de cœur. A tribute to their collective legacy of service and a heartfelt plea for us all, as a nation of the 'fair go', to do better to combat the legacies of systemic and individual racism, dispossession and unequal treatment that persist in undermining the hopes, dreams and opportunities of First Peoples.
'Too Dark To See' centres the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander first person narratives. The research, approval and ownership processes Western Sydney University has embraced to bring the production to life have been animated by the central ethic of co-creation with First Peoples. You can read more about these pioneering processes and their intersections with artistic practices, cultural protocols and the historical moment in which we find ourselves in the 'Too Dark To See' Co-Creation Statement.
'Too Dark To See' is the latest instalment in the Generations of Knowledge project, led by Principal Researcher Melissa Williams, Director of the Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment and Engagement at Western Sydney University.