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date: 24th May 2017

tags: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

In Australia, during the era of the Stolen Generations, thousands of Aboriginal girls were taken from their families and pressed into domestic servitude by the Australian Government. “Servant or Slave” follows the lives of five such women.

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Servant or Slave

During the era of the Stolen Generations, young Aboriginal women were stolen from their families and trained to be domestic servants and later forced into slave labour. They endured immense hardship, rape and even torture – coerced into remaining silent, or even punished for reporting mistreatment to the local police or institutional authorities. Bringing to light the heartbreaking experiences of Rita Wright, Violet West, and the Wenberg sisters Adelaide, Valerie (Linow) and Rita, “Servant or Slave” observes the strength and determination of these courageous women as they pursue justice for the crimes committed against them, opening up their stories for all to understand and acknowledge.

In the words of director Stephen McGregor to SBS: ““I hope this film starts a conversation that Australia was also entrenched in the slave trade and that it didn’t [only] happen in other parts of the world, but right here”.

Featuring powerful interviews and moving reenactments, “Servant or Slave” is a must-see for all Australians.

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