FILM SCHOOL AFRICA
Katie Taylor, a Los Angeles casting director leaves her quickly growing career behind in order to teach filmmaking to youth in an impoverished South African community. Original- ly intending solely to equip them with employment opportunities, she quickly discovers the therapeutic impact on her students as they process life events through their films. Despite the community being resistant towards art and film, the school expands to a second community, and an additional college level program. Emerging from a wide range of social back- grounds, the students find themselves bridging racial and cultural barriers as they become united through filmmaking. Film School Africa exemplifies the power of storytelling within both the individual and the community.
Producer/Director : Nathan Pfaff | 89 minutes
Nathan Pfaff grew up in Papua New Guinea and then received a BA in Film Production at Taylor University. Nathan’s passion is to surround himself with different cultures and share powerful stories that allow people a new perspective to see the world differently. His dream is to unmask local heroes to be an encouragement to others. This is Nathan’s first feature-length documentary. His short documentary, The Advocate, won an Emmy award in 2014.
Profit and Loss
Onondaga Chief Oren Lyons reflects on the costs of capitalism, greed and the win-lose business model that has led us to the brink of ecological — and spiritual — collapse. In outtakes from our amazing interview from Standing on Sacred Ground, Oren reflects on the importance of cooperation, the commons and looking ahead seven generations.
Produced by Sacred Land Film Project | 56 minutes
Sapara Clothing: A Tradition in Danger
For centuries, the Sapara people of the Ecuadorian Amazon made their clothes from the resistant and natural fabric that the forest grows for them. As people have become more used to commercial clothing, this tradition has been increasingly neglected. Arturo Santi from the Jandiayaku community, inheritor of this millenary knowledge, passes it on to young people so that they can preserve this ancient technique that may offer a sustainable alternative for the future and exemplifies their community's historic and deep connection to their forest home.
Director : Yanda Montahuano & If Not Us Then Who | 10 minutes
BUWARRALA ARYAH JOURNEY WEST
Growing concern among Aboriginal community leaders motivated them to re-enact a traditional walk that hadn't happened for almost thirty years. Buwarrala-Journey is a traditional walk for the Karrwa, Yanyuwa, Mara and Kurdanji peoples of the Gulf of Carpentaria in northern Australia.
Director : Gadrian Jarwijalmar Hoosan | 52 minutes
Director’s Statement Gadrian Jarwijalmar Hoosan
I am a Garrwa man who lives in the township of Borroloola on Yanyuwa country, in the Gulf of Carpentaria in northern Australia. At the age of twelve I had my first experience with the filmmaking process, appearing in the 1988 documentary, Buwarrala Agarriya, Journey East. I've been active in the music scene in my home town of Borroloola, forming the band, Sandridge Band in the early 2000's. I've collaborated on a number of documentaries including We Paint We Belong and Water is Life. Buwarrala Aryah is my first foray into film direction. Following the inspiration of a group in which I'm active, the Borroloola Men's Group, the idea to re-enact the traditional cultural walk took hold in the early 2010's. The aim of the film is to bring the cultural connection of the traditional peoples – the Garrwa, Yanyuwa, Mara and Gurdanji - to the world.
Corroboree’s have happened for many thousands of years in Australia. The Gunni Thakun Cultural Association hosts an annual singing and dancing showcase to raise awareness within NSW communities of cultural Lore and custom in practise, and to heal country. This film considers the purpose of this contemporary version of a still very traditional ceremony and the influence and effect being involved has on the participants and their families, as well as the broader community who attend.
Director : Luke Barrowcliffe | 27 minutes
Luke Barrowcliffe profile :
Luke is an emerging Aboriginal cinematographer based on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. He has managed a multimedia service for the last eleven years, focused on corporate video, photography and traditional knowledge recording, producing broadcast content in the last 5 years. As an emerging filmmaker Luke was engaged for National Indigenous Television’s (NITV) initiative Our Stories. Producing 165 minutes of commissioned content in eleven short documentaries over three series seasons; gaining him broadcast credit as producer, director, camera, editor, sound and audio post production. Luke completed the Mischief Sisters Life’s a Pitch workshop and in a competitive process the pitch he developed was selected to present to broadcasters at the 2018 Australian International Documentary Conference. Presently fulfilling a Screen Queensland attachment with the camera department on Dora The Explorer feature film, Luke is using the most advanced equipment currently available and being mentored by highly skilled leading industry professionals. These professional development opportunities have increased Luke’s capability and competency as a cinematographer and inspire his continued idea development into pitch ready concepts for potential commission with national and international broadcasters.
Enang is researching a family portrait taken in the former Dutch East Indies. His great-great-grandmother is also shown on the photo, a woman from Aceh. His mother then tells him, this wasn't the photograph they owned as a family. From the photo they owned his great-great-grandmother had been cut off. This sets off his quest to find his matriarch.
Director : Enang Wattimena | 13 minutes
Shot Awake: The Making of Changlangsu’s New Log Drum
After a gap of fifty seven years the Shajung Morung of the Konyak village of Changlangshu decided to carve a new log drum for themselves. Although preparations for the task started in 1999, it was only in 2013when they could host the grand event of acquiring their new log drum.
Director : Anungla Zoe Longkumer | 25 minutes
Sea Salt - Made in Bali
Synopsis : Sea salt is one of Bali's locally produced natural products. Still farmed traditionally, as it has been for generations, this produce relies on only a few things: the sea, the sand, the sun and the sweat of local farmer. Nyoman Warta, one of the few remaining sea salt farmers shares his thoughts on the trade of his forefathers - but he will be the last sea salt farmer of his family.
Duration: 5 minutes
Producer : George Speirs
Profile : George Speirs is an all-round creative. Founder of Bali's new Genesis Creative Centre, he sees value in all creative disciplines. He is a self-taught photographer videographer and music producers, but has an education in design and architecture.