Tawai - A voice from the forest
The Penan of Borneo are amongst the last of the hunter gatherers who still live a nomadic existence, flowing with the rhythms of nature, carrying all that they own on their backs. They were the last group Bruce Parry visited in the making of the BBC TV series, Tribe, and his time with them affected him deeply. Ten years on he returns to see how they are doing and to learn about finding a more balanced way to relate to each other and with the natural world.
Director : Bruce Perry
The Song Keepers
In the central desert region around Hermannsburg, west of Alice Springs, a hidden 140-year musical legacy of ancient Aboriginal languages and German baroque hymns is being preserved by four generations of song women who form the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir. Singing 14th-century Lutheran hymns – brought to the area by missionaries – in their own western Arrarnta and Pitjantjatjara tongues, the choir’s efforts to save these sacred songs are boosted by the arrival from Melbourne of a charismatic conductor who orchestrates a historic tour of Germany to bring the hymns back to their homeland.
Director : Naina Sen
Celebrated by audiences at home and abroad, indigenous artist Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu was one of the most important and acclaimed voices to ever come out of Australia. Blind from birth, he found purpose and meaning through songs and music inspired by his community and country on Elcho Island in far North East Arnhem Land. Living a traditional Yolngu life, his breakthrough album ‘Gurrumul’ brought him to a crossroads as audiences and artists around the world began to embrace his music.
Produced by Madman Films.
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