The Song Keepers

A man with his back to camera standing in front of an Aboriginal choir of around 10 or so women with his arms outstretched, as if conducting them. They are all wearing brightly coloured orange and red clothing.
Title:
The Song Keepers
Year:
2017
Courtesy:
Screen Australia and Brindle Films
Category:
WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that the following program may contain images and/or audio of deceased persons

In the obscure churches of remote Central Australia, a hidden musical legacy of ancient Aboriginal languages, sacred poetry and baroque music is being preserved by four generations of song women who make up the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir.

Against all odds and with the help of their charismatic conductor, the choir embarks on an historic tour of Germany to take back the hymns that were given to their great grandparents by German missionaries, now sung in their own Aboriginal languages.

Together they share their music and stories of cultural survival, identity and cross-cultural collaboration.

Come on an adventure as the unlikeliest band on earth goes on tour to the other side of the world! 

Producer:
Rachel Clements, Trisha Morton-Thomas, Naina Sen
Cinematographer/Director of Photography:
Chris Phillips, Naina Sen
Composer:
Erkki Veltheim
Editor:
Bergen O'Brien
Scriptwriter:
Naina Sen