In Adelaide, Australia, a young Aboriginal woman, Karen (played by Shai Pittman) is released from prison and is housed in an Aboriginal women’s shelter in a down and out part of town. After a difficult few years, Karen is now determined to build a positive life for herself, get a job and provide for her daughter, currently being cared for by her mother Lois, (by Marcia Langton). Karen starts to find her way through friendship with the other women and a relationship with Jeff (by Bruce Carter) but her mother’s distrust of her is a much harder hurdle to tackle.
This is a very powerful drama that makes issues for indigenous women in Australia more accessible for the audience. Some of the acting is wooden and I think this is because several of the performers are non-professional actors, so to that end, this is a great accomplishment. All in all, the film is a triumph in getting air time to issues that many not otherwise be told. Well done Beck Cole.
Made in 2011. Directed by Beck Cole