Incarceration Nation is the product of years of tireless work by a dedicated team, including Dean Gibson (Director), Helen Morrison (Producer) and many more. Meet the team here.

The film was made by working closely with the individuals, families and communities who bravely share their stories in this documentary.

Premiering on NITV in 2021, the 90-minute feature film tells the powerful story of strength, resilience and advocacy of First Nations people in the face of racism in the justice system. This film is dedicated to creating meaningful change. 



Incarceration Nation gives voice to the strength of those who have been harmed by racism in the justice system – Keenan Mundine, Carly Stanley, the Dungay, Fisher, Day and Hickey families.

The issues and stories in the film are explored through archive footage and interviews with experts and academics including Federal Circuit Court Judge Matthew Myers, Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner from 2009 – 2016 Mick Gooda, Barrister Joshua Creamer, Associate Professor Chelsea Watego, Professor Don Weatherburn, Author Amy McGuire and Lawyer Teela Reid.

Through these perspectives, Incarceration Nation reflects on the history of a country which includes massacres, child removals, stolen wages, denial of education and over-policing, racism and systemic bias.


Incarceration Nation is the beginning of a journey to create conversations and change. The vision for the campaign around the film is to tell the truth of our history, and dismantle the racist systems upheld by state and federal Governments that continue to harm First Nations People today. Because systems are built by people. And we have the power to change them. Together, let’s build a better future. Join us to  Raise Your Voice about the issues in the film.


Incarceration Nation is necessary to move forward and confront the truth. Because without the truth, we’ll never really be free.

Dean Gibson – Writer | Director





Incarceration Nation is a must watch for all Australians. The film powerfully captures the devastating and pervasive systemic injustices First Nations peoples experience at the hands of the justice system. The mass over incarceration of First Nations peoples is one of the biggest human rights issues we face in Australia today. Our past continues to influence our present and will do so until we confront the truths about the foundations of this nation and together conceive an alternative to the current justice system. When I travelled the country with Wiyi Yani U Thangani, First Nations women and girls spoke of their cultural strengths, sophisticated knowledge systems, intricate kinship networks and rules of governance for all human and non-human relations. It is these knowledges and governance systems which hold the solutions and approaches to develop better systems, for the benefit of all people.

June Oscar AO


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We acknowledge the Traditional Owners whose lands we have filmed on – the Jagera, Yuggera and Ugarapul people, the Birpai People, the Wadawurrung people, the Gadigal people and the Darug people. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging as Traditional Owners and Custodians of this land.