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MCA NAIDOC Week free film program

Lunch time screenings

Celebrate NAIDOC Week with lunchtime screenings by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander film makers. Laugh, cry, be amazed and enlightened with a broad selection of films accessible to families and audiences of all ages.

Monday 3 July 
Wadu Matyidi (2010) 8 mins
Dir: Luke Jurevicius, Arthur Moody
In this short animated film, we’re taken back to pre-contact times (early 1800s) when Adnyamathanha children of the Flinders Ranges were inspired, schooled and entertained by their interactions with ‘country’. The characters in the story are three adventurous Adnyamathanha kids who set out for a day of exploration near their camp. They see unusual tracks that set their hearts and imaginations racing. Then, unexpectedly they make a discovery that changes their lives forever.

Little Dingi (2013) 5.47 mins
This is the story of how Grandma and Grandpa find a way to help their grandson take more responsibility for the choices he makes. Conceived, developed and film on location at the Yarrenyty Arltere Learning Centre in the Larapinta Valley Town Camp in Alice Springs. Characters featured in this short film are soft sculptures created by Yarrenyty Arltere artists.

Select films by the Mulka Project
The name ‘Mulka means a sacred but public ceremony, and to hold or protect. This series shows content from The Mulka Project who sustain and protect Yolngu cultural knowledge in Northest Arnhem Land. The Mulka project is also a thriving hub of creativity with the team producing films, recording voice and music, attending sacred and public events and even sporting activities such as, the much loved in the region, Australian Rules Football

Tuesday 4 July 
The Tall Man (2011) 84 mins
Dir: Tony Krawotz
When Cameron Doomadgee was found dead in the Palm Island police station, his injuries were like those of someone who’d been in a fatal car crash. The police claimed he had tripped on a step. The Palm Islanders rioted and burnt down the police station. The subsequent trial of Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley – who had been decorated for his work in Aboriginal communities – made headlines day after day, shadowed by Queensland police threatening to strike. The Tall Man tells the gripping story of the trial, of the complex Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley, and of the Doomadgee family as they struggle to understand what happened to their brother. Atmospheric, gritty and original, The Tall Man takes the viewer into the courtroom, into the once notorious Queensland police force, and into the Indigenous community of Palm Island of Australia’s Far North – places where people live lives like no others, have a relationship with the land like no others, and a history, culture and a catastrophic present like no others. This is Australia, but an Australia few of us have seen.

Wednesday 5 July 
Nana (2007) 6 mins
Dir: Warwick Thornton
Nana’s granddaughter thinks Nana’s pretty special. She loves her Nana because she helps the old people, she’s a good painter and other people love her too. Nana’s got everyone under control.

Buckskin (2013) 57 mins
Dir: Peter Macdonald
Jack Buckskin is the teacher of an endangered language. From the northern Adelaide suburb of Salisbury, Jack’s mission is to teach the Kaurna language, the language of his ancestors, to as many people as he can in his lifetime. But this is not easy. The language was driven to near extinction over a century ago. Now, Jack and fellow language speakers are sculpting a new Kaurna language and culture, and through that seeking to bring a new way of being to the youth of suburban Adelaide, in the form of a new Aboriginal identity, and with that, hope.

Thursday 6 July 
BabaKiueria (1986) 30min
Dir: Don Featherstone
Role reversal study of the historically inaccurate “plight” of Australian Aborigines in modern Anglo-Saxon society. Indigenous “whities” [sic] are being persecuted by racist black people who invaded the fictitious country of BabaKiueria. Politically incorrect and inconvenient facts about infant mortality rates are ignored by a “reporter” who lives with a typical white family in a white “ghetto” for six months.

Black Panther Woman (2014) 52 mins
Dir: Rachel Perkins
In 1972 Marlene Cummins fell in love with the leader of the Australian Black Panther Party. With the break-up of that relationship, she spiraled into a cycle of addiction that left her on the streets and vaunerable. Forty years later Marlene travels to a gathering of international Black Panthers in New York. The journey takes her back in time. Still struggling with addication. She reveals the secrets she has held onto, to face her demons today.

Friday 7 July
Ten Canoes (2006) 90min
Dir: Rolf de Heer, Peter Djigirr
A story within a story. In Australia’s Northern Territory, a man tells us one of the stories of his people and his land. It’s a story of an older man, Minygululu, who has three wives and realizes that his younger brother Dayindi may try to steal away the youngest wife. So, over a few days and several trips to hunt and gather, Minygululu tells Dayindi a story set in the time of their ancestors when a stranger came to the village and disrupted the lives of a serious man named Ridjimiraril, his three wives, and his younger brother Yeeralparil who had no wife and liked to visit his youngest sister-in-law. Through stories, can values be taught and balance achieved?


Every day, 12.30pm to 2pm

Tuesday 4 July to Friday 7 July 2017

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, George Street, The Rocks, New South Wales, Australia
Veolia Lecture Theatre Lvl 2
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