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6 times Redfern awesomely showed us what the national anthem is

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In the beginning Joel didn't know what the national anthem was

In the beginning Joel didn't know what the national anthem was

As it was Joel’s first day at his new school he was standing up for the national anthem. A close up of Joel showed of his facial expression with his mouth and eyes that he didn't know how to sing the national anthem. Afterwards Joel had to stay back at the assembly in order for one of the teachers at school to talk to him about the national anthem. The teacher asked him if he knew what the national anthem was and Joel replied with “yes, it's a song sang for footy grand finals and cricket games.”

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You don't need to stand up and sing the song just to show pride

You don't need to stand up and sing the song just to show pride

In this scene Joel’s dad drops him off at school and then talks to Joel about the song he had to learn for homework. His dad explained to him that he didn't feel comfortable about him doing that homework that he doesn’t have to sing. The camera then the camera did a close up into his dads face as he said, “ If you get in trouble for singing their song, you tell them to come and talk to me.”

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Just move your mouth but don't sing

Just move your mouth but don't sing

In this scene it did a mid shot on Joel as he sat down while everyone else was singing the national anthem and this showed us that he was paying respect to his culture. Joel’s dad told him to not sing the national anthem and remembering this he sat down and unafraid of anyone, even the principal. This time two teachers came, one Aboriginal and the other one who was non-aboriginal. The non-Aboriginal teacher ( Mr. Parissh) saw him sitting down and once again he had to stay back after the assembly to chat about not singing the national anthem. The Aboriginal teacher (Mr. Moore) said to him “mouths moving but I’m not singing”

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Forced to sing

Forced to sing

During this interview the principal of the school wanted to discuss about Joel not singing the national anthem. She mentioned to them that it's a tradition for the students to sing the national anthem every morning and that she didn't want to jeopardise Joel’s place at Clifton Grammar. “You will stand up and sing the national anthem” then the camera zoomed into Joel’s face and Joel said, “Yes mum”.

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If Joel didn't sing then he would have to leave

If Joel didn't sing then he would have to leave

As Joel was not singing the national anthem his parents were then asked to come for an interview. As the camera did a close up onto Joel’s face and he said that as much as he loved this school and he wanted to sing this song he just couldn't sing. After that there was a short silence and the camera zoomed into the principals face and the principal said “well I admire Joel’s conviction, but I’m left with no other choice then to expel him.”

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Stand up for what’s right

Stand up for what’s right

In this scene Joel’s friends, who are also Aboriginals, all sat down while the rest of the students and teacher’s sang the national anthem. This was to stand up for their culture and Joel. The teacher kept saying that they all have to sing the national anthem too or they will be expelled. Then Angela (the girl Joel likes) stood up, the camera zoomed in on her and she said, “our parents are right behind us. They are proud us that we are standing up for something, and if we get expelled so be it they reckon.”