NAIDOC Week 2021: 10 Best Indigenous Films

NAIDOC Week 2021: Heal Country, heal our nation

NAIDOC Week is celebrated by all Australians and is an opportunity to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

We have gathered a collection of our Ten Best Indigenous Films for NAIDOC Week 2021.

Top end wedding

Lauren and Ned have ten days to find Lauren’s mother who has gone AWOL somewhere in the Northern Territory.  Set in a beautiful location, with a cast of delightful characters this romantic comedy will warm your heart.

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Emu runner

Gem is a spirited eight year old girl who forges a special bond with an emu after the tragic loss of her mother. This is a lovely film which is charming and original. It appeals to an audience of all ages.

Satellite boy

Pete is a ten year old boy who lives with his grandfather in an abandoned desert drive-in. He travels with his best friend to the city to help save his home from developers. This is a heart-warming tale of one boy’s determination to protect his home.

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The tracker

This is a tense drama set in the 1920’s in outback Australia. It follows three white men who use an Indigenous tracker to find another Indigenous man who has been accused of murdering a white woman. This is a powerful and haunting film.

The Sapphires

This feel good film, set in the late 1960’s is based on a true story. The Sapphires are four female singers who are discovered by a talent scout. The familiar music, songs and sparkling characters make this enjoyable viewing.

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Rabbit-proof fence

This film is based on the true story of three Aboriginal girls who escape Moore River Native Settlement after being forcibly removed from their families. The girls venture on a long journey north pursued by the Chief protector of Aborigines and his Indigenous tracker. 


Detective Jay Swann arrives in Goldstone in search of a missing person. This is a slow-burn thriller set in outback Australia. No one is capable of a straight answer in this is gritty and sombre film. Goldstone is a sequel to Mystery Road (2016).

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Bran nue dae

This film is based on the musical of the same name. It is the story of rebellious Willie who runs away from Catholic boarding school to return home to Broome. He is in love with Rosie, a girl who loves to sing. This is a celebratory film about love and forgiveness.

Sweet country

This Western style film is set in 1929 in the harsh, dry frontiers of the Northern Territory. An Aboriginal man is accused of murder after killing a white man in self-defense. The accused man and his wife are pursued by the authorities across the land. The film was inspired by true events.

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Storm boy

This is a film based on the book by Colin Thiele. The original film was made in 1976. It is the story of a young boy growing up in an isolated part of Southern Australia. His bond with three orphan pelicans is at the heart of the story.

NAIDOC Week 2021 can be celebrated by watching one of these great films.

Let us know an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander film you have enjoyed. Share it with us.