Before 1770 is currently being filmed in Australia and in Sulawesi Indonesia. The project entails a full feature-length documentary to be screened in all major cinemas across Australia in June 2020. This is an enormous endeavour being undertaken by the team, which we know to benefit the entire Australian community.
There are major features about the documentary. The first of these is the building and sailing of a vessel (prau) from Sulawesi to Australia. This extraordinary journey has happened and has been captured on video. See below.
What Happened at Arnhem Land When the Vessel Arrived?
Words cannot describe the moment the vessel appeared on the horizon. Tears, emotions, joy, sadness, reflection and emotions that were indescribable. The entire community and five clans came out to the beach to welcome the Makassans on to their land. What was captured on camera are some of the most sensational images, cinematography and footage yet to be documented on film.
It was a celebration of the past and hope for the future. The clans that came on the day were dressed in their colours as they made their way to the beach. The onlookers were in their thousands. There are about 5 breathtaking stories captured within this feature documentary that tells the story of history so many are proud to be part of.
The initial preliminary footage screened across Australia. The audience were deeply touched and eager to share their views. In attendance was one of the Indigenous leaders of Bawaka.