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THE BALANDA AND THE BARK CANOES

Director: Molly Reynolds, Tanya Nehme & Rolf de Heer

AUSTRALIA| 2006. COLOUR. DIGITAL VIDEO. 52 MIN.


Several notches above a regulation making-of documentary, this is an enlightening excursion to the remote set of Rolf de Heer’s Ten Canoes.
Centred on cross-cultural issues tackled by writer-director de Heer, co-director Peter Djigirr and their Aboriginal collaborators, the film gracefully illustrates storytelling methodology on both sides of the cultural divide. Concerned with more than simply the practicalities of working with non-professional actors in crocodile infested locations, de Heer’s eloquent narration lays bare what went right and what didn’t. Long before cameras roll, de Heer is involved in complex consultations with Aboriginal cast and community members. Taking misunderstandings and near-disasters in its stride, this heartfelt documentary emerges as an uplifting account of how a free-for-all topic evolved into a viable cinematic entity. Richard kuipers, Variety.
Plus Welcome 2 My Deaf World, Helen Gaynor’s captivating documentary about two deaf teenagers who are going through the same rites of passage as any other young people. (AUSTRALIA, 2005. COLOUR. DIGITAL VIDEO. 52 MIN.)

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