Movie: Justice Itself is Put on Trial

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Sweet Country

Director and Cinematographer:  Warwick Thornton

Written by:  David Tranter and Steven McGregor

Country:  Australia  Year:  2017                 Length:  113 Minutes
Language: English and Arremte                Genre: Full Length Feature

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Winner:      Special Jury Prize, 74th Venice International Film Festival

                    Best Feature Film, 2017 Asia Pacific Screen Awards

                    Platform Award, 2017 Toronto International Film Festival

Review:      As popcorn films continue to vie for box office dominance this weekend, an impeccably made and quietly gripping Aussie film called Sweet Country slips into theaters in New York and Los Angeles (ahead of a wider release next week). It’s a movie that deserves our attention—a Western, a meditation on colonial racism, and an old-fashioned tragedy. – Taylor Antrim for Vogue

Synopsis: (Courtesy of SWEETCOUNTRY.COM)

To justify the taking of the lands and the genocide against Indigenous Australians, the British say that the indigenous people were technically not slaves but in the 1900s they worked for free or for food.  This is the setting in which this film was made.Sweet Country is set in 1929, in Alice Springs, the Northern Territory in Central Australia and is based on true events.  Sam, a middle-aged Aboriginal man, works for a preacher in the outback of Australia’s Northern Territory.  When Harry, a bitter war veteran, moves into a neighboring outpost, the preacher sends Sam and his family to help Harry renovate his cattle yards.  But Sam’s relationship with the cruel and ill-tempered Harry quickly deteriorates, culminating in a violent shootout in which Sam kills Harry in self-defense.

Sweet Country4SmallAs a result, Sam becomes a wanted criminal for the murder of a white man and is forced to flee with his wife across the deadly outback, through glorious but harsh desert country. A hunting party led by the local lawman Sergeant Fletcher is formed to track Sam down. But as the true details of the killing start to surface, the community begins to question whether justice is really being served.