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UTOPIA

Director: JOHN PILGER

90 minutes, U.K.-Australia, 2013, Colour, D-Cinema


 

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The world is facing a desperate hunt for resources. Australia has become the source of the ‘last gold’: a hidden trove of gold, silver, uranium, iron ore, bauxite, zinc, lead, diamonds, and unlimited reserves of liquid gas. The struggle for this treasure is an epic story rarely told, illuminating the very notions of power and greed, justice and human rights, war and peace.

It is the story of Utopia, the new feature documentary from BAFTA and Emmy winning filmmaker and journalist John Pilger, who draws on his long association with the first people of Australia, whom he filmed for his seminal The Secret Country (1985). One of the world’s best kept secrets is revealed against a background of the greatest boom in mineral wealth. Has the ‘lucky country’ inherited South African apartheid? Utopia is both a personal journey and a universal story of power and resistance in the media age. (Notes supplied by John Pilger and Dartmouth Films.)

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