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Utopia - John Pilger [DVD]
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Following his hard-hitting documentary The War You Don't See, John Pilger's new film is a rare and powerful insight into a secret Australia and breaks what amounts to a national silence about the indigenous first people - the oldest, most enduring presence on Earth. An epic film in its production, scope and revelations, Utopia reveals that apartheid is deep within Australia's past and present and that Aboriginal people are still living in abject poverty and Third World conditions, with a low life expectancy and disproportionately high rate of deaths in police custody.
Starting his career as a journalist in his native Australia before moving to London, John Pilger has been the recipient of multiple awards, including Britain's highest award for journalism, twice, and television academy awards in both the UK and the United States. He has been a foreign correspondent and frontline war reporter, and is a regular contributor to international media, including the ITV Network, the Guardian and the New Statesman. An incisive and rare critic of Western economic and military power, Pilger's humane eyewitness reporting has been described as a unique presence on British television that explores where others dare not go.
 More than four hours of additional interviews recorded during the filming of Utopia
 Booklet by Pilger biographer Anthony Hayward
 Original theatrical trailer
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Pilger's tone is one of controlled anger,yet he tries to argue the case with calm reasonableness.He makes a searing indictment of the `apartheid' and `genocide' the early colonial settlers and future generations came to practice,the utopian fantasy of white Australia and the dystopia on which it is built.He visits Botany Bay,once home to the Aborigines,now a hotel that charges $30,000 a week to stay there.He visits spa hotels that once served as concentration camps, pausing en route to harangue sheepish- looking politicians and asking random revellers if they understand why their predecessors don't celebrate Australia Day.They blame the Aborigines for the conditions they live in as if they want to live like that,their drunkenness,their self-neglect.They are denied basic rights,classed as uncivilized,their humanity denigrated (cf.'the history wars'of the 1990s).Read more ›
It's also a pity, and a poignant one, that the film is not getting a run in mainstream cinemas there. It's therefore likely to be viewed by a crowd already convinced of the issues and well versed in them. This is a pity because the message is easily processed, it does not require expert knowledge to comprehend, and it refers to recent events with which all Australians are familiar such as the Northern Territory Emergency Response of 2007. It also contains interviews with an impressive caste of politicians, who, with the exception of former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, conduct themselves appallingly.
Call me an academic, but the only thing missing from this film is a list of references. I know it's not an academic offering so it's unfair to make such a request - that's why it's still got 5 stars from me - but it would be good to have a reference list for all of the facts cited in the film. I think this is important from the perspective of this film being a tool for change in Australian society. The film is less than 2 hours.Read more ›
There are some excellent and impassioned reviews here, which give very good overviews of this very important DVD, and for what it is worth, I wanted to add my thoughts in this brief summation. It is fact that Australia is one of the richest countries in the world, its mineral wealth the envy of many a nation. What is not so widely known is the horrendous treatment of the Australia's indigenous peoples through the almost `codified manner' by which successive governments, of that country, have tried to destroy the indigenous people their culture and their way of life. This is not the first time John Pilger has raised the horrific nature of what amounts to a managed genocide of a people. He has reported on this tragedy since the early 1980s. While certain policies and practices may not be as overt as those applied in the early 1960s, none the less the process continues. The 1998 legislation that removed the common-law rights of indigenous peoples is one such example. There is a very clear lack of interest of why indigenous peoples routinely die in police custody. Why they are over represented in the prison population in the first place? However, what really left me cold was the way people in general behaved when Pilger asked white Australian's on "Australia Day" for their comments on the plight of the indigenous peoples - in one a family hurriedly walks away in huff, while an elderly lady makes the following observation;
"That's what they (the Aboriginal people) want... that's how they like to live"
Therefore, is it surprising that Australia has the distinction of being the only developed country, whose government, has been condemned as racist by the United Nations.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great film by John Pilger. It really opened my eyes to the struggles and hardships faced by indigenous australians. There were some bits i found hard to watch. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jessie danquah
Arrived on time. Product as advertised. Very pleased with purchase.Published 4 months ago by Mr J. J. Myers
John Pilger, journalist and documentary maker, Australian, is loved and reviled in equal measure in his country of origin. Read morePublished 6 months ago by "Belgo Geordie"
Great dvd showing the criminal repressive side of OZ society built on the rape, murder and theft of the natives land.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Highly recommend everyone should watch this documentary. Having travelled to outback Australia for research and 3 tourist trips around the coastline, this shows how the real... Read morePublished 7 months ago by N. Graves
A really eye opening documentary. All Australians should watch it. John had done a wonderful job in exposing some of the lies and untruths about how Aboriginal People have been... Read morePublished 11 months ago by S. Hunt