Putuparri and the Rainmakers (2015)
Ten years in the making, this moving and absorbing documentary follows the struggles of Tom ‘Putuparri’ Lawford, a Wangkajunga
man living in the remote north-west of Australia, on his personal odyssey back to his ancestral home in the Great Sandy Desert.
The traditional custodians have long held important ceremonies here to bring rain to this harsh landscape, centered around a beautiful and mysterious waterhole, or jila (living water) where rituals must be performed to honor the snake spirit that dwells there.
Accompanied by surviving Elders, some of whom had not seen their traditional country in over 40 years, Putuparri must overcome his own tormented past to become a cultural leader of his people.
Winner of the 2015 CinéFestOz award, official selection in the 2015 Melbourne International Film Festival, Putuparri and the Rainmakers
tells of the triumph of people, place and spirit in the face of physical alienation from their country and culture. In the wake of the ravages
of modern life on Indigenous language and culture, especially in remote communities, Ma has filmed this documentary with great respect and empathy for her subjects, and offers us valuable insight into contemporary challenges facing Indigenous communities today.
Doors Open at 6pm
FREE screening courtesy of the director, Nicole Ma and, Ronin Films.
Drinks and Snacks available on the night.
Friday, 26 April 2019 | 06:00 PM
- 09:00 PM
Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, 404-408 Argent Street, Broken Hill 2880 View Map