The evidentiary strategies of Two Laws

Beattie, Keith 2008, The evidentiary strategies of Two Laws, Studies in documentary film, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 175-183, doi: 10.1386/sdf.2.2.175_7.

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Title The evidentiary strategies of Two Laws
Formatted title The evidentiary strategies of Two Laws
Author(s) Beattie, Keith
Journal name Studies in documentary film
Volume number 2
Issue number 2
Start page 175
End page 183
Total pages 9
Publisher Intellect Ltd.
Place of publication Bristol, England
Publication date 2008
ISSN 1750-3280
Keyword(s) evidence
cross-cultural collaboration
Aboriginal film-making
Summary This article examines the ways in which the documentary film Two Laws deploys a variety of strategies to represent the historical claim to land made in the early 1980s by the Borroloola people of Australia's Northern Territory. Cross-cultural collaboration between the indigenous people of Borroloola and two non-indigenous film-makers produced a film that combines a vigorous reflexivity with dramatic re-enactment and oral testimony. Importantly, the presentation of evidence in support of the land claim is achieved via a form communally devised by the Borroloola people based on their cultural needs and contingent on Borroloola social structure. In this way the so-called documentary truth claim and indigenous land claim intersect in Two Laws: for the Borroloola people, the filmic evidentiary truth claim functions in a direct way in support of their legal claim to their lands.
Language eng
DOI 10.1386/sdf.2.2.175_7
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Field of Research 190201 Cinema Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950205 Visual Communication
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, Intellect Ltd
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