A Unifying Battle Cry – Official Trailer for ‘Araatika: Rise Up!’ Doc Film
by Alex Billington
July 20, 2021
“It’s a universal dance across all the nations.” Madman Films has released the first trailer for an Australian documentary called Araatika: Rise Up!, also going under the title (outside of Oz) The Fight Together. This is premiering at the Melbourne Film Festival coming up in the next few months, but no release is set yet. For Indigenous Australian rugby league players, a pre-game “unity dance” is an important step towards celebrating their cultures and combating entrenched racism. A group of NRL greats got together to invent a new pre-game ceremony, initially a response to the Maori Haka, but also to celebrate Aboriginal cultures, and counter racism in rugby league. They now want to use that dance to change the hearts and minds of all Australians. “Featuring several NRL greats, prominent First Nations figures like Stan Grant and Adam Goodes, and the Bangarra Dance Theatre, Araatika: Rise Up! is the story of one man’s determination and a spirited call-to-arms to stand behind Indigenous Australia.” This sounds fantastic! And for those who don’t know much about Australian sports, this’ll make a great double feature with The Australian Dream. Enjoy.
Here’s the first official trailer for Larissa Behrendt’s doc Araatika: Rise Up!, direct from YouTube:
For Indigenous Australian rugby league players, a pre-game ‘unity dance’ is an important step towards celebrating their cultures and combating entrenched racism. Former National Rugby League (NRL) star #DeanWidders is a man on a mission. After fellow Indigenous players Preston Campbell, Timana Tahu and George Rose devised their own pre-game performance to match the haka of their Maori counterparts, Widders began a journey to bring this dance – and First Nations pride more broadly – to the game. So far, his advocacy has garnered support from the Indigenous All Stars league, but his ultimate dream is to have Australia’s national team adopt this unifying battle cry. Araatika: Rise Up!, also known as The Fight Together, is directed by Australian filmmaker Larissa Behrendt, director of the doc films Innocence Betrayed and After the Apology previously, as well as some shorts and other script work. This is premiering at the Melbourne Film Festival this year. Madman Films will then release Araatika: Rise Up! in theaters in Australia sometime later this year. No US release is set yet – stay tuned. First impression? Who’s interested?