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Settlers in a Far Far Land - Muslims in Australia

A portrait of Muslim life in Australia.
Year : 1985 | Total Duration : 17 Minutes | Producer : Don Murray
Director : Greg Reading |
Title in Arabic and English fade to harbour at dawn with ferry passing, pull back to reveal WS Sydney Harbour Bridge with Opera House in B/G. WS two men fishing in early morning light, Woolloomooloo, tug passing. Dissolve to sheep in field with sun rising over hill in B/G, WS sheep grazing, MS sheep walking with sunlight on backs. WS farm buildings and trees in valley with yellow hills in B/G. pull back to WS lush green grassland with yellow hills in distant B/G. Dissolve to sheep resting in morning light, sheep looking to camera, WS sheep grazing.
Access No. 132947 | 56 secs | 1980s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS oil tanker being tugged, Circular Quay and Cahill Expressway in B/G, MS tanker past Sydney Opera House, LS tanker past Sydney city skyline. VS men working in meat factory preparing sheep carcasses, carcasses on conveyor belt, being stacked, zoom to label on carcass, two men in white overalls and hats closing doors of refridgerated truck loaded with carcasses. Tilt up two containers being hoisted up, WS container being hoisted from stevedore onto red container ship, Muscat Bay
Access No. 132948 | 35 secs | 1980s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS Adelaide rooftops, zoom to white minarets of Adelaide Mosque. Tilt up four minarets against pale blue sky, pan down to street entrance, VS Muslim men praying, front view men kneeling inside mosque, various CUs men, men kneeling down in prayer, rear view row of men praying, profile Imam in white rocking in prayer. Dissolve to re-enactment Afghani man in white turban on camel leading two other laden camels, high shot camels through pass (canyon).
Access No. 132949 | 1 min 11 secs | 1980s | Adelaide, SA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
MS pedestrians in busy Melbourne street, Halal butcher shop, pedestrians passing, white car in F/G, pan down from red Arabic writing on shop window to meat display , Muslim women and girl walking along street to camera, interior butcher talking with Turkish male customer wearing turban, exterior young Muslim girl carrying bag, mother walking closely with young girl, teacher talking to group of young pupils, VS children's faces, interior teacher writing in Arabic on blackboard, giving lesson to class, pull back to WS, girls at desks, VS class.
Access No. 132950 | 1 min 33 secs | 1980s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
School bus (Australian Islamic Schools) turning corner and stopping for children from the King Halid Islamic School who board bus, MS bearded bus driver, VS children on bus, bus doors open and children alight, run into school yard, sign n Arabic and English for Australian Islamic Schools. VS teacher and students in classroom during maths lesson, VS teacher giving lesson in Arabic, VS pupils in classroom. VS children in school yard playing games. Interior young girl tying on headscarf, teacher leading children in prayer, VS kneeling down in prayer.
Access No. 132951 | 2 mins 53 secs | 1980s | Melbourne, Vic, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Rear shot two Arab women covered by chardors walking away from camera, young man at youth camp reading outside, two girls looking at notes, VS Imam talking to students about Koran, WS circle discussion group with Imam, VS girls in white burkas studying. Two men shaking hands and meeting in office of AFIC (Australian Federation of Islamic Councils), third man Gaafar, joins them, VS looking at papers, Gaafar returns to his office. MS Gaafar to camera in Arabic about Halal meat production and export. CU hand signing document and sealing.
Access No. 132952 | 2 mins 13 secs | 1980s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
MS Arabic man, Gaafar, driving car. Sign ÒGilbertsonsÓ, pull back from sign to blue sedan car driving into property of Gilbertsons abattoir. MS sheep on blue truck, driver reversing, truck reversing into loading dock, driver gets out of cab, VS sheep being unloaded from truck down ramp, good quick overhead shot sheep running across floor. MS abattoir worker washing hands at sink. Sheep being pushed along down ramp. Slaughterman drying hands with paper towel, placing white protective cap on head.
Access No. 132953 | 1 min 1 sec | 1980s | Melbourne, Vic, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS tightly crowded sheep moving out of pen, along corridor. Vet stopping sheep and checking it. Sheep drinking water from trough. Abattoir worker (slaughterman) sharpening knife over sink. Sheep corralled in pen, running up ramp, slaughtermen preparing, CU hook man, worker cuts sheep's throat, VS slaughter procedure. High shot workers walking up stairs alongside line of hanging carcasses. MCU worker, WS worker operating machine that skins carcasses, MS workers and skinned carcasses, VS carcasses being cleaned and cut, inspected.
Access No. 132954 | 1 min 55 secs | 1980s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
MS abattoir worker checking trays of offal on conveyor belt, CU worker, trays of offal. VS sheep carcases being weighed and numbered, VS carcases being stamped and inspected, zoom to CU stamp on meat, worker Gaafar, and supervisor checking carcases. Abattoir worker wrapping carcase, carcases being loaded into large crate, covered in sheet of plastic and conveyed onto freight lift, VS crate being loaded onto plane. Good shot Indonesian Airways plane (747) taking off L- R. Dissolve.
Access No. 132955 | 1 min 18 secs | 1980s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Dissolve to man, Gaafar, entering doorway of Albanian Mosque. Interior men washing feet in washroom, CU foot being washed, Gaafar washing face. Rear view man's head with hands clasped either side, pull back to WS men praying, back of standing man in F/G, MS man with palms raised in prayer, rear view MCU men in prayer. Man enters prayer room of mosque and kneels to pray. VS men listening to sermon, VS faces including elderly man's interesting face. WS congregation bowing down then standing up. Imam saying final prayers.
Access No. 132956 | 1 min 15 secs | 1980s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Good high shot men kneeling in prayer inside Albanian Mosque, standing to leave, zoom to man, Gaafar who walks out shaking man's hand on way. Gaafar and friends standing outside mosque, men shaking hands. Imam talking with students at youth camp. Female students in white burkas sitting on terrace overlooking bush, pan up to sun shining through eucalyptus foliage. Dissolve to gold crescent of Islam against blue sky. End titles in Arabic.
Access No. 132957 | 44 secs | 1980s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |