The Other War
Work by Tom Murray. In 1915 German scientists began an immense task of wartime science designed to categorise 'the peoples of the world'. This ideological experiment involved Indigenous Australian and Pacific POWs, and paved the way to post-war NAZI racial ideology. The sound, image and other cultural records captured during this wartime experiment are now UNESCO-listed.
This documentary film research project will apply innovative and socially inclusive 'reconciling' research methodologies to repatriate significant Australian cultural records from this WW1 POW archive. It will document a post-colonial chapter in the aesthetics of 'otherness', and describe an important history of indigenous involvement in the foundational Australian narrative of WW1 conflict.