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"Karrabing: Low Tide Turning" in Hanoi, Click the Film Tag for More Information!


Although inspired by the life, knowledge, and world of Ruby Yarrowin (pictured above, 1960s, with first six children), Karrabing is not a clan, not a language group, not a nation. It is an aspiration. In Emiyengal, "karrabing" refers to the point at which the tide has reach it lowest point. Tide out! There is will stay until it turns, making its way back to shore. Karrabing does not have the negative connotations of the English phrase, low tide. There is nothing "low" about the tide reaching karrabing. All kinds of potentialities spring forward. In the coastal region stretching from Nganthawudi to Milik, a deep karrabing opens a shorter passage between mainland and islands. In some places, reefs rise as the water recedes. A road is revealed.

The Karrabing Indigenous Corporation seeks to integrate their parents and grandparents ways of life into their contemporary struggles to educate their children, create economically sustainable cultural and environmental businesses, and support their homeland centres.

KIC has written, acted, and produced two short features and is currently working to develop a mobile app for a GPS based transmedia project.