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The Karrabing Film Collective is a grassroots Indigenous based media group. Filmmaking provides a means of self-organization and social analysis for the Karrabing. Screenings and publications allow the Karrabing to develop a local artistic languages and forms and allow audiences to understand new forms of collective Indigenous agency. Their medium is a form of survivance—a refusal to relinquish their country and a means of investigating contemporary social conditions of inequality. The films represent their lives, create bonds with their land, and intervene in global images of Indigeneity. SEE BELOW for more details about each film.
The Karrabing Film Collective is awarded the prestigious Visible Award 2015 for our new film & media project, Salt See our video statement to the jurors. See more about Salt below. "When the Dogs Talked" wins the Cinema Nova Award for Best Short Fiction Film. The jury statement: "What is it that fiction is? Of all the short films in MIFF this year, When the Dogs Talked was the work that most intelligently, astutely and passionately took on this question to ask how we tell our stories, why we tell our stories and from where do our stories emerge. There is a roughness to this film but that is integral to its success. It asks us to think through the complex and fraught contradictions involved in speaking Indigenous myth and truth in a still contested colonial space, in an Australian cinematic landscape that has privileged the settler story, the conquest story, the rational and European story. In making us think through the question of what truth might be, this film is an outstanding example of challenging the very assumptions that underlie our notions of fiction." Eleanor Ivy Weber agrees in her Melbourne Postcard from Melbourne on Freize Blog.
cokecanreefdreaming, Gertrude Contemporary 2014 mudidreaming, e-flux gallery, 2015
Awarded the 2015 Visible Award, Salt(water) is based on real events. In 2009 some Karrabing boated to their remote country in the north of Australia. Half got off at one beach, the other half continuing down the coast. When the first group returned to the beach, the boat was nowhere in sight. Just before a swarm of mosquitoes—bred in inland swamps—overtook them, the boat materialised. It had been stranded down the coast, the motor refusing to start. Corroded wiring; angry ancestors; racialised capital; or Jesus: Salt comprises five ten minute films. Each film steps seamlessly from one geography of explanation to the next as if through a strange door. Characters get on a boat in a backyard and step out onto a beach. They walk into a remote house and step out into a city church plaza. Shot by Karrabing members on iphones, Salt will appear in three formats—multi-screen; web series; and film. The Karrabing Film Collective is a grass-roots media group. Film-making provides a technique of self-organisation and social analysis and, through screenings and publications, a means for them to articulate themselves within epistemologies of contemporary art and audiences, allowing us to understand the Karrabing as a new form of collective agency in late neoliberal modernity. Film acts as a form of survival, a refusal to relinquish country and a means of investigating contemporary social forms of inequality; thus they make reference to third cinema, Boalean political theatre, and an innovative local form of improvisational realism. The films represent the lives of the collective, create bonds with their land, and intervene in global images of Indigeneity. CLICK ON IMAGE FOR TEASER
WINDJERRAMERU (The Stealing C*nt$)
SYNOPSIS. It's a great day. Four young Indigenous men happen upon two cartons of beer, while another seems to be doing nothing more than kicking back nearby, listening to R&B on his phone. Then everything starts going from bad to worse. Blending Indigenous storytelling with modern worries over environmental degradation and substance abuse Windjarrameru tells a story about a group of young Indigenous men hiding in a chemically contaminated swamp after being falsely accused of stealing some beer, while all around them miners pollute their land.
Written and Performaed by the Karrabing Film Collective
CAST: Cameron Bianamu; Gavin Bianamu; Sheree Jane Bianamu; Taleesh Bianamu; Trevor Bianamu; Kelvin Bigfoot; Reggie Jorrock; Marcus Jorrock; Marcia Bigfoot; Rex Edmunds; Daryl Lane; Robyn Lane; Sharon Lane; Cecilia Lewis; Joslyn McDonald; Rex Sing; Daphne Yarrowin; Linda Yarrowin; Sandra Yarrowin; Quentin Shields; Serena Lippo; Alice Wainbirri; Patsy-Ann Jorrock; Ethan Jorrock; Ricky Bianamu; Claudia Yarrowin, Alithia Jorrock; Anita Moreen;Tess Lea.
Windjarra in the News
Windjarrameru has been featured, among other venues at the Melbourne International Film Festival Shorts Program; DOCCTAH, Cape Town; Cinema Politica, Sydney; Westspace, Melbourne; e-flux supercommunity, 2015 Venice Biennale; Remai Modern, Saskatoon; a.m.london
SYNOPSIS As a group of Indigenous adults argue about whether to save their government housing or their sacred landscape, their children struggle to decide how the ancestral Dreaming makes sense in their contemporary lives. Listening to music on their ipods, walking though bush lands, and boating across seas, they follow their parents on a journey to reenact the travel of the Dog Dreaming. Along the way individuals run out of stamina and boats out of gas, and the children press their parents and each other about why these stories matter and how they make sense in the context of Western understandings of evolution, the soundscapes of hip hop, and the technologies of land development. “When the Dogs Talked” mixes documentary and fiction to produce a thoughtful yet humorous drama about the everyday obstacles of structural and racialized poverty and the dissonance of cultural narratives and social forms.
Written and Performed by the Karrabing Film Collective
CAST Camboy…Cameron Bianamu; Gavin…Gavin Bianamu; Sheree…Sheree Jane Bianamu; Taleesh…Taleesh Bianamu; Trevor…Trevor Bianamu; Kelvin…Kelvin Bigfoot; Marcia…Marcia Bigfoot; Over…Rex Edmunds; Ryan…Ryan Gordon; House Inspector #1…Claude Holtze; Daryl…Daryl Lane,; Paul…Paul Lane; Robyn…Robyn Lane; Sharon…Sharon Lane; Angie…Angelina Lewis;Gigi…Cecilia Lewis; Serina…Serina Lippo; Housing Assistant…Joslyn McDonald; Cassie…Cassandra Sing; Kerin…Kerin Sing;Shannon…Shannon Sing; Suntu…Rex Sing; Gudji…Claude Yarrowin; Daphne…Daphne Yarrowin; Linda…Linda Yarrowin; Rossie…Roger Yarrowin; Sandra…Sandra Yarrowin; Housing Boss…Tess Lea.
CREW Elizabeth A. Povinelli: Director (Karrabing Member); Liza Johnson: Co-Director; Ian Jones: Director of Photography (1st Unit); Tim Wood: Director of Photography (2nd Unit); Alana Branch: 1st Assistant Camera; David Barker: Editor; Harry Yoon, Ron Dulin: Additional Editors; Chris Healy: Sound (1st Unit); Ian Redfearn, Sound (2nd Unit); Tess Lea and Liza Johnson: Producers; Leandros Ntounis: Sound Designer & Editor; Kostos Varybopiotis: Sound re-cording Mixer; Aly Migliori: Color & Title FX; Elizabeth A. Povinelli: Subtitles; Mike Uguccioni: Special Effects; Greg Moo: Logistics; Sandra Yarrowin, Rex Edmunds, Gavin Bianamu, Paul Lane, Taleesh Bianamu, and Ben Williams: Location Managers
DOGS IN THE NEWS
The Oslo Academy of Fine Arts screens "Dogs."
The Karrabing screen "Dogs" at the Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne and the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane and discuss country and lives with intellectualy, film critics and artist/film-makers like Denise De Silva, Richard Bell, Tom Nicholson, and Nikos Papastergiadis.
e-flux journal features clips and conversations among collective members and publishes a conversation about the film with Audra Simpson, Elizabeth A. Povinelli, and Liza Johnson.
see Karrabing Film Collective members talk about filmmaking behind the scenes.
KARRABING LOW TIDE TURNING (2012, 14:01)
"Karrabing, Low Tide Turning" shown in Madagascar at Berlinale Abroad
"Karrabing, Low Tide Turning" shown in Vietnam at Berlinale Shorts Goes Exterior
"Karrabing, Low Tide Turning" was featured in ABC 7:30 NT Report.
"Karrabing, Low Tide Turning" has been selected by the Wexner Center's exhibition space for video, the Box, which will screen the film continuously seven days a week for the month of May 2012.
Karrabing Indigenous Corporation's Production "Karrabing, Low Tide Turning" has been invited to the prestigious Berlinale, Shorts Competition.
See the Cast & Writers greeting the Berlinale!
Listen to members discuss the film on ABC Drive with Vicki Kerrigan
Listen to Elizabeth Povinelli discuss the film on EYES IN Magazine