Reconciliation Week Screening: The Song Keepers presented by Naina Sen

Special event! This screening is presented by Writer/Producer/Director Naina Sen, and followed by an audience Q&A!

There will also be the opportunity to buy music from the choir, CDs that are currently unavailable to purchase anywhere else. Tickets to this 30 May screening will help fund the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir to tour the USA later this year - a fantastic reason to come down and get behind this fab film, described as Australia's answer to The Buena Vista Social Club!

In the obscure churches of remote Central Australia, a hidden musical legacy of ancient Aboriginal languages, sacred poetry and baroque music is being preserved by four generations of song women who make up the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir. Against all odds and with the help of their charismatic conductor, the choir embarks on a historic tour of Germany to take back the hymns that were given to their great grandparents by German missionaries, now sung in their own Aboriginal languages. Together they share their music and stories of cultural survival, identity and cross-cultural collaboration. Come on an adventure as the unlikeliest band on earth goes on tour to the other side of the world!

Part of our special Reconciliation Week program, screening six new films to commemorate the 10 years since the National Apology on 13 February 2008. Reconciliation Week is an annual event, bookended by two milestones in the reconciliation journey. 27 May marks the successful 1967 referendum, and 3 June is the anniversary of the High Court Mabo decision. For more info, visit www.reconciliation.org.au/national-reconciliation-week/

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“A remarkable and enormously enjoyable documentary about a rather improbable concert tour.”

Sydney Morning Herald

Show Time(s)

Add to Calendar 7:30pm,
Wednesday 30 May
Deckchair Cinema

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Director

Naina Sen

Year

2017

Running Time

84 minutes

Rating

Country of Origin

Australia

Language

English; Western Arrernte and Pitjantjatjara with English subtitles

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