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Bob Randall

Special Documentary Film Screening at ECU

Bob Randall, a member of Australia's Aboriginal people, will present a free, public lecture and documentary film-screening of “Kanyini” at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, in Hendrix Theater at East Carolina University.

This “passport” event is sponsored by the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Religious Studies Program, the Center for Diversity and Inequality Research, and Voices for Victims.

When Randall was seven years old, government officials took him from his family to be raised in an institution. The thousands of Aboriginal children taken by the government have come to be known as the “Stolen Generation.”  Throughout his life, Randall has worked as a teacher and leader for Aboriginal land rights, education, community development and cultural awareness. In the early '70s, Randall’s song “Brown Skin Baby (They Took Me Away),” became an anthem for the Aboriginal people.

In “Kanyini,” Randall tells the story of his personal journey and the wisdom that was bestowed upon him by the elders of his tribe. The documentary portrays how indigenous Australians continue to struggle as a marginalized population that has been disconnected from their cultural roots. “Kanyini” was voted Best Documentary at the 2007 London Australian Film Festival. It also won the Inside Film Independent Spirit Award and the Discovery Channel’s Best Documentary Award in 2006.

Randall’s lifelong efforts were recognized in 1999 when he was named “Indigenous Person of the Year” at the National Aboriginal and Islander Day of Celebration awards. In 2004, Randall was inducted into the NT Indigenous Music Hall of Fame for having written such classic songs as “Brown Skin Baby” and “Red Sun, Black Moon.” He is the author of two books: “Songman,” an autobiography, and “Tracker Tjginji,” a children’s book, which was part of the 2004 Sydney Writer’s Festival.

While at ECU, Randall also will speak to classes in the Department of Sociology.

For additional information, contact Caroline Schacht, professor of sociology, at 252-328-6162 or schachtc@ecu.edu. Individuals requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should call 252-737-1016 (voice/TTY) at least 48 hours prior to the event.