Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Marcia Machado has worked as an independent producer/director making documentaries dealing with social, cultural and human rights issues in many corners of the world.

While living in Australia, Marcia produced a series of instructional and educational videos for Aboriginal communities located in South East Queensland. She has produced over fifty short segments for a children's science show called "Globo Ciencia" on Globo TV (Brazil), filmed on the East Coast of the United States.

While in Israel, she worked as a production coordinator and camerawoman for Pelon Films as well as a field producer for a Brazilian news correspondent. Marcia's last feature called "Txai Macedo", a 50-minute doc/16mm (released in 1992) about the struggle of Indians and Rubber Tappers for freedom in the Amazon Rainforest, aired in a variety of film festivals and on educational channels in Brazil and the United States. Since 2002, Marcia has been working as a technical operations supervisor and as an associate director for CBS Broadcasting Network in New York City.


Dreaming On: The Story of the Quandamooka People is a result of a series of five short film projects that began back in 2009. It shows the highlights extracted from over seventy hours of filming during a period of five months.

In March 2008, the Quandamooka Combined Aboriginal Organisations Forum (QCAOF) representing the five incorporated organisations on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) was formed. The following year the Redland City Council (RCC) and QCAOF entered into a formal agreement. Within this partnership discussions took place on Minjerribah and I was given the opportunity to begin the film projects. RCC provided the necessary funds for the projects and QCAOF had the responsibility of the final editorial approvals.

My involvement in filmmaking and passion for understanding the cultures of first nation peoples was the reason for my participation in this project. The idea was to collect stories from the Quandamooka People in particular the Elders, film the significant sites, and focus on the Traditional Owners family's stories.

Each day I traveled 40 minutes on the road, followed by a 25 minutes water taxi ferry to Minjerribah. This was my journey to encounter paradise and learn a little more each visit about the diversity and richness of the land and the people.

In 2009 I returned to New York City and kept working on finalizing the editing of the films. The result was Quandamooka Stories, a series of four films that lead to our film today.

On July 4th, 2011, the Quandamooka People were recognized by the government of Australia as the traditional owners of their land and received their Native Title. This victory was the next step to my continuing journey with the Quandamooka People in documenting their stories.

The premiere of Quandamooka Stories in 2012 on Stradbroke Island, gave me the opportunity to return for the event and film again. As a result, I would spend part of the next two years creating Dreaming On: The Story of the Quandamooka People.

This project is part of a contemporary approach to find the best way to maintain the custodianship of the Quandamooka stories, dance, and celebrations affiliated with the land and waters of Quandamooka country. My hope is that the future generations of Quandamooka People will be inspired by their history and never forget their past.

The Aborigines of Australia are the original inhabitants of the land. Their culture continues to be documented as the oldest living culture in the world.

This film was made possible with the support of:

The Quandamooka Combined
Aboriginal Organisations Forum