- Actors: John Pilger
- Directors: John Pilger, Alan Lowery
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: Exempt
- Studio: Network
- DVD Release Date: 2 Dec. 2013
- Run Time: 110 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 50 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00FQLK2II
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,811 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Utopia - John Pilger
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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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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 are they 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. The Aboriginal people have chronic ill health in their communities; they have horrible living conditions and they are left to eke out an existence as destitute peoples in their own Country.
The following aspects, while not necessarily covered in Pilger's should also be considered, Australia's First Peoples were relegated onto reservations and missions, circumscribed entry into white towns, subjugated as unpaid slave labour, their native languages and sacrosanct rituals prohibited, and mixed blood children `The Stolen Generations' were forcibly abducted from their parents for re-socialisation - i.e. to be made "white". Until the 1967 plebiscite in Australia, Aborigines were government possessions: "The right to choose a marriage partner, to be legally responsible for one's own children, to move to the state and to socialise with non-Aboriginal Australians, were just some of the rights which Aboriginal people did not have."
The current Australian Constitution:
1. There is no mention of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Constitution.
2. Section 25 contemplates laws that ban people from voting because of their race. This power was last used to exclude Aboriginal people from voting in Queensland, up until 1965.
3. Section 51(xxvi) is a `races power’, which allows `special laws' to be directed at the people of a particular race.
4. While this power allows laws to address disadvantage, it leaves open the possibility that future governments could unfairly target the people of any race for negative treatment.
For some detractors "of an uncertain warped temperament”, this may be a more wilted experience at best and their need to troll will be awakened again!
----------------UPDATE------------------------------------------24th May 2014
One reviewer has called this DVD documentary 'Very one-sided and over-simplified'. I say watch the DVD and make up your own mind. There are always apologists and deniers - and they do reviews too.
---------------UPDATE-------------------------------------------21 June 2014
The July edition of History Today has article on the 'genocide of the native peoples of Tasmania'
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I actually really liked the presentation by Pilger, but I absolutely abhor the subject matter and what is happening...Read more