Our Law

Directed by Cornel Ozies, 2020 Australia 27 minutes
All Ages
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At Western Australia’s first Indigenous-run police station, two officers learn language and culture to help them police one of the most remote beats in the world.

The WA Police Force publicly admit they have a troubled past when it comes to policing Indigenous communities. They’re taking a different approach in Warakurna, a town of around 200 inhabitants, 330 kilometres west of Uluru. Sergeant Wendy Kelly, a Noongar woman with over 20 years in the service, is trying to learn the local Ngaanyatjarra language, encouraging her colleague to do likewise. Senior Sergeant Revis Ryder, a Noongar man and one-time East Fremantle player, can only coach the local footy team by relying on local elders and community to translate his instructions. Cornel Ozies’s inspiring documentary reveals their dogged attempts to understand language and the local lore, so they can police effectively, and replace the historical black and white enforcement approach of the past.

Our Law is proudly supported by Screenwest and NITV.  

Cornel Ozies is an Indigenous man from the Kimberley region of Western Australia who started his career as a video editor at his local TV station Goolarri in Broome. An AFTRS graduate, he has also worked as a cinematographer. 

Programming Partner: SI

Program Strand
Documentary Australia Foundation Award,
All Ages
In English and Ngaanyatjarra with English subtitles
Premiere Status
World Premiere,
Cornel Ozies,
Taryne Laffar, Sam Bodhi Field,
Cornel Ozies,
Sam Bodhi Field,
Jeremy Thomson,
First Nations, Documentary, Culture, Indigenous, Law, Community, Regional Australia, Mental Health, Women's Issues,
Company Credits
Rights Holder: Taryne Laffar,