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thumbnail The Australian Dream (2019 Australia)

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Director: Daniel Gordon
Starring:  
Adam Goodes, Stan Grant, Nova Peris
Genre:
Documentary
Duration:
109 mins

From shy country kid to two-time Brownlow medallist and Australian of the Year, Goodes is an inspiration to many. The footy field was where he thrived; the only place where the colour of his skin was irrelevant. Goodes’ world fell apart when he became the target of racial abuse during a game, which spiralled into public backlash against him. He spoke out about racism when Australia was not ready to hear the ugly truth, retiring quietly from AFL heartbroken. The film prompts questions about Australia’s relationship with racism and its ability to confront its own past and uses interviews from both sides of the debate to ask probing and fundamental questions about what it means to be Australian and what it takes for any individual to stand up for what they truly believe in.

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