Mabo: Life of an Island Man

© Graham
87 minutes / Colour / 1997
Directed by
Trevor Graham

Country of production Australia

On June 3rd 1992, six months after Eddie ‘Koiki’ Mabo’s tragic death, the High Court upheld his claim that Murray Islanders held native title to land in the Torres Strait. The legal fiction that Australia was empty when first occupied by white people had been laid to rest The film tells the private and public stories of a man so passionate about family and home that he fought an entire nation and its legal system. Though his greatest victory was won only after his death, it has forever ensured his place, on Murray Island and in Australian history.

Language and subtitles English with English Subtitles

Location(s) depicted Murray Island

Region Australia

Country Australia

Keywords Public Figure Colonialism / Postcolonialism Life Story / Life History Political Activists Land Rights Law and Legislation / Bureaucracy