Peter Djigirr and Rolf de Heer are the minds behind the film; Ten Canoes. This film feature Jamie Gulpilil, David Gulpilil, Frances Djulibing and Richard Birrinbirrin and was released on 29 June 2006 in Australia. Ten Canoes was filmed in Arnhem, Australia. This film is the first Australian indigenous language cinema. I watched this film a few days after it was released and was intrigued by the plot.
The film employs color and dramatic tension to present the main story and the story within a story; goose egg story. The story within a story is presented in black and white color and replicates the details of the Thompson’s photos. Most of these photos present the traditional activities that have ceased to be practiced due to the exploitation of the Yolngu people after the invasion by the whites. A story emerges regarding honoring the history of Yolngu people before the white invaders arrived. In this emerging story, the traditional ways of constructing bark canoes had to be learned by the entire cast. The cast symbolized the descendants of the Yolngu people in the photographs of Thompson. The cinema ended up being stimulating and life-affirming for the native people, making them get in touch with the culture and history the white invaders had sought to destroy.
The cinema illustrates pronounced compassion in the present context of John Howard’s denial to admit and apologize for the historical mayhems committed against native Australians. Some of the mayhems include stolen land, wages and children. What this film depicts is not a way of livelihood the white invaders has attempted to destroy but also the sophisticated ethical….
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