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Tyra

The ironically named documentary Utopia successfully highlights the disgraceful dispossession and displacement of the First Nation people that modern Australia has built itself upon. After viewing, one cannot be so ignorant towards such brutalities. Filmmaker John Pilger suitably argues this ...Read more

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Cara

The documentary 'Utopia', filmed by John Pilger, sheds light on the enduring discrimination and dispossession which continues to plague Indigenous communities all across Australia. The name Utopia is used ironically, as the documentary forces viewers to confront the harsh reality that while ...Read more

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Einstein

John Pilger's "Utopia" is an eye-opening documentary film.

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Luke

This 2013 documentary film by John Pilger who discovers that Aboriginal families are still living in extremely overcrowded and poorly sanitized asbestos shacks and are still plagued by easily curable diseases. Since 1985, circumstances have not really improved. This large timeframe adds to ...Read more

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Bronte

“Utopia” is a documentary investigating the dispossession and sub-human treatment of Aboriginal people in modern Australia (2013). Its purpose is to educate audiences on the historical and current injustices that contribute to the unequal treatment of Indigenous Australians today.

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Saskia

This documentary was captivating from start to finish. It was successful in conveying the discrimination and mistreatment of the Aboriginal people and it did a great job in instilling empathy and shock in the viewer. It truly highlighted many issues that are hidden in the white Australian ...Read more

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Sriya

The name Utopia is an acute irony – named by white Australians, it is the home of First Australians and one of the poorest areas in the country. Pilger reveals Australia’s most well-kept secret in a respectful yet impactful way, prompting Aussie viewers to discuss the atrocities unfolding in ...Read more

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Yusra

This documentary is so incredible and eye opening. It truly captivated me and had my attention from start to finish. I learnt so much in just that hour. It exposes the awful truth. Its such a powerful film that highlights so much issues that I had not idea about before. People believe that ...Read more

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Dearbhla

An extremely shocking and powerful film. It horrifically highlights the injustices and discrimination still experienced by Aboriginal people today. Incredulously, this is something very much present and not just a shameful memory. Investigator John Pilger documents the unsanitary, injustice ...Read more

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John

Utopia is anything but its traditional definition, and the namesake film makes this fact bluntly clear. Utopia is traditional in its format as far a documentaries go--interviews, historical footage, modern footage, varying perspectives--but the story it tells is anything but. Utopia tears ...Read more

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Ghoufran

This is an exceptional documentary that succeeded in all aspects and was captivating from the start to finish, firstly by incorporating a clip of news that set the scene for the entire documentary giving the audience a harsh but true reality of the views from well-respected high figures like ...Read more

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Shams

Review- 5 Stars
John Pilger delivers a documentary that goes into detail to expose the ‘sub-human status’ that has been placed upon Indigenous people and idea that there is the ‘other Australia’ that exists and is primary inhabited by Indigenous people. The documentary starts off with a ...Read more

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Daniel

Investigative reporter John Pilger, exposes a hidden truth behind Australia's ‘perceived’ identity. Without ambiguity he demonstrates that the continuing maltreatment of Australia's indigenous population is carried out on a horrific scale even today. This expository style documentary gives a ...Read more

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Eve

John Pilger’s documentary ‘Utopia’ efficaciously exposes the atrocious and inequitable treatment of Indigenous Australians that has persisted incessantly from colonization into contemporary Australian society. Within the opening seconds, the bleak and confronting tone of the film is ...Read more

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Ashley

“Utopia” is simply astounding. It draws the viewer in with its very confronting opening sequence and places itself as a documentary not to be ignored or taken lightly. It highlights so many areas of injustice to Indigenous peoples and how these injustices continue in today’s society. The ...Read more

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Regina

An emotionally overwhelming film that exasperates the viewer with emotions on the poor treatment of the indigenous Australians. It sends out a message of the need to tackle issues of social injustices which sadly, still living within us to date. A very intriguing and very well thought of ...Read more

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Robert

Produced by left-wing journalist John Pilger, Utopia was made with the intention of clearing the air on Australia’s ‘unapparent’ and ‘fictional’ racist treatment of its Aboriginal population. This was completed in confidence by bringing awareness to the deeply dysfunctional relationship ...Read more

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Megan

This documentary is an insightful yet confronting look at the shocking marginalisation of Indigenous Australians. The film deals with a number of topics that convey continued injustice and oppression of Aboriginal people. It is an educational documentary that will challenge all viewers.

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Tamara

I found this documentary, although messy and overwhelming at times, very informative on issues that are extremely important for Australian audiences. it was important to draw attention to these different issues so that hopefully we can spark change.

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Elia

Review – 5 stars
I found this documentary very informative and broad; it explores a wide range of issues that contribute to the injustices that Aboriginal Australians have experienced and still do to this today. One of the main techniques that Pilger employed to render the contrast ...Read more

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Madeline

This documentary is very upfront about issues that are usually shied away from. It is thought provoking and eye opening about a very real part of Australian history that is still prevalent today. Overall, an inspiring film.

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Mitchell

interesting film would watch again

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adriana

Utopia shows the continuous mistreatment of aboriginals as John Pilger travels through different parts of Australia. Many would look at the mistreatment of aboriginals as a phenomenon that happened in the past but this film quickly reminded the audience that mistreatment and racism is still ...Read more

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Ena

Utopia is a very confronting and bleak, but informative documentary that explores the experiences of Indigenous Australians in modern Australia. The film employs interviews and archival footage that doesn't shy away from the truth and can be quite confronting as it becomes evident that the ...Read more

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Steph

Utopia is not only a confronting film but in all its elements, it explores the avenues in which Aboriginal people are continuously subjected to as the perpetual result of colonisation. Colonisation is a powerful force that has and continues to exploit Aboriginal people to continual ...Read more

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Brock

John Pilger’s Utopia takes the audience through a series of stark juxtapositions highlighting the impoverishment and injustice experienced by Aboriginal communities in modern-day Australia. In exposing the structural discrimination, dispossession, marginalisation and brutality of white ...Read more

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Cara

Utopia is a documentary film by John Pilger, 28 years in the making for him, 220 years in the making for Australia’s First Nation people. Atrocious housing conditions, institutionalised violence and dispossession, the historical and continued removal of children – Pilger travels across ...Read more

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Anonymous

Wouldn't it be awesome to see Australia and every country including my own New Zealand, that has and still is, practicing institutional racism, ecocide, ethnocide and subjugation of indigenous peoples, taking ownership for its actions. How about teaching its true history like countries such ...Read more

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Anonymous

Sad! All Australians need to see this, starting with Schools through to Universities. I can not understand a country who is quick to send millions to help another country or a country that gives thousands to refugees to set up a life here when Australia's first people are starving and have no ...Read more

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Anonymous

Compelling and confronting - every Aussie should watch with open minds and hearts.

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Sarah

A fantastic contribution to Australia's Black History. All should watch this! Especially our politicians - and hopefully they will actually act on what they see & hear.