BIRRARANGGA Film Festival: Kyindoo Wilam (Learning Place)

A cartoon of a boy steering a bicycle with a corrugated tin roof over his head
23 June
Arc Cinema
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This screening is part of BIRRARANGGA Film Festival at the NFSA. 

A place where children, teenagers and adults alike can gather to watch and learn, Kyindoo Wilam (Learning Place) offers a selection of animations and short films from across the world. 

Beautifully expressed with honesty and warmth, these stories highlight both the negative impact of colonisation and the profound strength of Indigenous peoples through connection to culture. 

2021 | Unclassified | 8 mins | DCP | AUS | D: Chantelle Murray, Simon Rippingale 

From directors Chantelle Murray (Bardi and Bunial) and Simon Rippingale, Jarli follows an adventurous Australian Aboriginal girl with dreams of heading to space. Jarli's first two ingenious attempts to fly into the stratosphere result in grounded aircraft – but all is not lost. 

2021 | Unclassified | 8 mins | DCP | AUS | D: Jake Duczynski 
English, Roper Kriol 

In this short film from Gomeroi and Mandandanji writer-director Jake Duczynski, a Ngalakgan woman from Ngukurr, Northern Territory, just wants to catch a nailfish at her favourite fishing spot, Wanmari. But her family are thwarting her plans.  

Spirit Bear and Children Make History 
2020 | Unclassified | 15 mins | DCP | USA | D: Amanda Strong 

When Spirit Bear’s mom tells him about an important human rights case happening in Ottawa, Ontario, he makes the long trip (by train, his favourite way to travel) to go and watch, and to stand up for First Nations kids. This stop-motion animation directed by Michif animator Amanda Strong is the first Spirit Bear film. 

2022 | Unclassified | 8 mins | DCP | AUS | D: Martumili Artists and Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa Rangers 
English, Martu Wangka 

Artists and rangers collaborate on Country to share knowledge, stories and artwork about waru (fire). 

Heart Like a Pow Wow 
2022 | Unclassified | 5 mins | DCP | CAN | D: Chief Lady Bird 

An animated short directed by Chippewa and Potawatomi artist Chief Lady Bird and written by poet and musician Tara Williamson, which explores the depths of grief from an Anishinaabe perspective of love and family. 

Soli Bula 
2022 | Unclassified | DCP | FJ | D: Meli Tuqota Jr 
iTaukei – English subtitles 

On this auspicious day, a giant, double-hulled canoe, called a ‘Drua’, is destined to be launched with full pomp and ceremony at sea. And in all the flurry, there is a man who, along with others, is lined up to be a human sacrifice for the Drua. 


Tickets and passes:

Full $22 | Concession $17 | Blak Tix $13 
Purchase 3 Film Pass for $45  
Purchase 5 Film Pass for $75


About BIRRARANGGA Film Festival

The NFSA is proud to partner with BIRRARANGGA Film Festival, celebrating Global Indigenous Films that explore the curatorial themes of ‘strength, resilience and the environment’. First Nations relationships to the image as a form of expression, particularly in Australia, is connected to thousands of years of cultural practices. Curated by Wurundjeri (Woiwurrung)/Yorta Yorta screen creative and actor Tony Briggs and producer/curator Damienne Pradier, BIRRARANGGA honours that history and acknowledges the contemporary currency of the moving image, of film, as an expression of the human experience in relation to our natural surroundings. 

BIRRARANGGA is a not-for-profit organisation that advances and promotes Indigenous filmmakers by encouraging innovative ways of thinking, creating and developing all Indigenous forms of the art of cinema. Donations over $2 are tax deductible. Your generous donations support will help maintain the operation of Australia's only Indigenous-led film festival. Donate to BIRRARANGGA



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