We are building a mini ship which will feature as part of a feature-length documentary about Aboriginal people in Australia and Muslims from Makassar Indonesia. This relationship spanned over hundreds of years before European presence on the Australian continent. The ship will set “sail" from Makassar Indonesia to Arnhem Land Australia in December 2019 or January 2020. The film will be released in June 2020. Abu Hanifa Institute, a not for profit organisation is producing the film and ship. The team heading the project works voluntarily giving their personal time to bring the project to its fruition.
Since the 1500s, Muslims from Makassar Indonesia came to Australia and forged bonds of trade, friendship and family with Aboriginal people. Known as Makassans, they would sail to Australia using the westerly winds and return 5 months later. This relationship spanned over hundreds of years, and is a relationship that ought to be acknowledged and celebrated especially in an age where the chants "go back to where you come from" are consistently heard.