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The Mermaids, or Aiden in Wonderland is a surreal exploration of Western toxic contamination, capitalism, and human and non-human life. Set in a land and seascape poisoned by capitalism where only Aboriginals can survive long periods outdoors, the film tells the story of a young Indigenous man, Aiden, taken away when he was just a baby to be a part of a medical experiment to save the white race. He is then released back into the world to his family. As Aiden, a stranger to his own land is reinserted into existence; he becomes acquainted with territorial nature and folklore – mermaids, a bee, a cockatoo bringing forth a pertinent inquiry of whose and which lives matter.

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Karrabing Film Collective, The Mermaids, or Aiden in Wonderland (2017) 26 min.

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Elisabeth Povinelli in conversation with Felice Moramarco

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Aboriginal Land Rights protest, Brisbane, 1982. Via www.deadlystory.com
Aboriginal Land Rights protest, Brisbane, 1982. Via www.deadlystory.com
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