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Birkbeck School Of Law - Law and Film Event - Mabo: The Movie
Fri 3 February 2017, 18:00 – 21:00 GMT
Join us at our upcoming 'Law and Film Event' to be held on Friday 3rd February 2017, at 6pm in Room B34, Malet St, WC1E 7HX.
We will be watching Mabo: The Movie (Blackfella Films, 2012), followed by a short discussion. Refreshments will be provided. The film will be of particular interest to all LLB and LLM QLD students who studied (or will study) the case in Land Law.
Mabo: The Movie
In 1973 Eddie 'Koiki' Mabo was shocked to discover that the ownership of the land his ancestors had passed down on Murray Island in The Torres Strait Islands for over 16 generations, was not legally recognised as theirs. Rather than accept this injustice, he began an epic fight for Australian law to recognise traditional land rights. Eddie never lived to see his land returned to him, but the name Mabo is known in every household throughout the country. In January 1992, at only 55, Eddie died of cancer. Five months later the High Court overturned the notion of terra nullius. Underscoring this epic battle is Eddie's relationship with his wife Bonita. Mabo is as much a love story as a document of one man's fight to retain what he believed was legally his.
Mabo traces Eddie's life - from a carefree young man of seventeen, through his courtship and marriage to his one true love, up to his death and the handing down of the High Court decision on that historic day - 3rd June 1992.