Historical - Development 2015

A passionate and compelling story about an odd pair of outcasts who battle persecution and bigotry to prove that when working together, no matter the skin colour, religion, race or heritage, we are all of one blood.

    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • Historical, Drama
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 105 mn
    • Writer(s)
    • Shashanna SHANKER-KOCINSKI
    • Producer(s)
    • Craig KOCINSKI (Global Alliance Productions), Kris MARIC (Mediakin)
    • Synopsis
    • An Indigenous Australian boy, witnesses the massacre of his family in the Northern Territories in 1908. Placed in a mission school run by a fundamentalist preacher, his intellectual brilliance is rewarded with beatings, phrenology experiments and isolation.
      He escapes into the bush but his deteriorating eyesight and his lack of hunting skills lead to his failure as a bushman. He steals food from Rachel, an eccentric Jewish widow, a refugee from the Russian pogroms who hides from her demons in an underground bunker. Catching him in the act, she threatens him with a shotgun, but their mutual loneliness and common suffering overcome mistrust and they forge a mother/son bond. Rachel bestows upon him a new name: Amichai, Hebrew for “my people live”.
      This odd pair of outcasts incites the hatred and racism of the surrounding white community and Amichai is thrown into an asylum. As Rachel is battling the preacher to have Amichai released, a fire burns down the asylum and Amichai escapes, saving a young white girl, only to confront yet another form of imprisonment.
      Rachel helps Amichai study by correspondence, and he graduates, but is refused entry to a Melbourne Teacher’s College on the basis of his skin colour. He becomes a tent boxer in country Victoria to feed himself and his anger. Embittered, he turns his fury against his own people.
      With the help of an Aboriginal tent fighter, and Rachel’s encouragement, he finds his true purpose as a political activist and ultimately triumphs over his enemies at an historical protest against the Nazis’ treatment of the Jews, lead by William Cooper of the Australian Aborigines' League in 1938.