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(27 Oct-1 Nov worldwide) Deaths in police custody, racial profiling and a national incarceration rate more than a dozen times higher than non-Indigenous people have all contributed to a mistrust of law enforcement among Aboriginal people. But in Warakurna, residents’ wave at the police as they drive past. This Aboriginal community in Western Australia is now policed by two Aboriginal officers, a first step on a long road to changing a troubled relationship. Senior Sergeant Revis Ryder and Sergeant Wendy Kelly must learn to do so in consultation with one of the world’s oldest living cultures - and that means learning the local Ngaanyatjarra language.

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Director Bio

Cornel is an Indigenous man from the Kimberley region of Western Australia who started his career as a video editor at his local TV station Goolarri in Broome. After seeing and editing many of other people’s stories he felt he needed to tell his. 2007 saw Cornel direct his first short film entitled Bollywood Dreaming which had a successful run on the film festival circuit here in Australia, North America and Canada. 


2008 saw him pick up an international award for Jarlmadangah dreams: Our dream Our reality at the Cherokee Film Festival in America for Best Documentary. Once more he had an itch to try a new direction in film making when he decided to pick up the camera and become a cinematographer. Cornel worked in his family owned production house Wawili Pitjas telling many unique stories from his Kimberley region for ABC, SBS and NITV. 


In 2011 Cornel enrolled at Australian Film Television Radio School to do his Graduate Diploma in Cinematography to hone his skills as a cinematographer. Since completing his Diploma Cornel has now gone Freelance and has worked on a variety of projects which includes an Indigenous cooking series “Kriol Kitchen” for NITV, a comedy show Woollo for ABC, camera attachments on Three feature films Thor-Ragnarok, The Sapphires and The Great Gatsby, a Documentary about the Black Panther movement in Australia and Move It Mob Style an Indigenous Hip Hop dance and health program for NITV and ABC.

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Directed by Cornel Ozies

Written by Cornel Ozies

Produced by Taryne Laffar
Sam Bodhi FIeld

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