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Film Screening: Ten Canoes - 4 September

Ten Canoes

Ten Canoes: One hundred and fifty spears, ten canoes, three wives... trouble

Kick off the semester with free films at UTS Library! We have a comfortable screening space with bean bags and popcorn.

Ten Canoes is a 2006 film. It was directed by Rolf de Heer and Peter Djigirr and starred Crusoe Kurddal. The film is set in Arnhem Land, in a time before Western contact, and tells the story of a group of ten men hunting goose eggs. The story takes place in two periods in the past. 

Synopsis

from metromagazine.com

'Bout time to tell you a story, eh? Then I'll tell you one of ours...

It is longtime ago. It is our time, before you other mob came from cross the ocean...longtime before then. The rains been good and ten of the men go on the swamp, to hunt the eggs ofgumang, the magpie goose. One of the men, the young fella, has a wrong love, so the old man tell him a story...a story of the ancient ones, them wild and crazy ancestors who come after the spirit time, after the flood that covered the whole land...

It's a good story, this story I'm gonna be tellin' you 'bout the ancient ones. There's more wrong love in this story, and plenty spears too, and plenty wives...too many wives if you ask me...a beautiful young one and a bit of a jealous one and the older wise one and even more wives than that.

And there's plenty happens in this story...there's a stranger comes and one of them wives goes missin' and there's a man with a belly big as a mountain. There's sorcery and magic too, and a wrong spear in the wrong body, and more spears and bad spirits. And even that's not everything that's happening in this story.

Ahh, you gotta see this story of mine cause it'll make you laugh, even if you're not a blackfella. Might cry a bit too eh? But then you laugh some more...cause this story is a big true story of my people. True thing.

Date: Wednesday 4 September 2013
Time: 6pm to 7.30pm
Venue: Lecture Room 4g, Level 4, City Campus Library

2013 Indigenous Literacy Day - Wednesday 4 September 

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