Through lyrical images, Manganinnie journeys across mountains towards the coast with Joanna, a white girl, in search of Manganinnie's vanished tribe. The poignancy of this film derives from... See full summary »

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Mawuyul Yanthalawuy ...
Manganinnie
Anna Ralph ...
Joanna Waterman
Phillip Hinton ...
Edward Waterman
Elaine Mangan ...
Margaret Waterman
Mana Mana Dhammarrandji ...
Aboriginal Child
Jarrka Dhammarrandji ...
Aboriginal Child
Len Burarrapuwuy Dhammarrandji ...
Aboriginal Child
Makultja Baykali Dhammarrandji ...
Aboriginal Child
Gunjalk ...
Aboriginal Woman
Dhamabariniy ...
Aboriginal Woman
Banarraba Bukultjpi ...
Aboriginal Woman
Mununbatijiwuy Munyaryun ...
Aboriginal Warrior
Paul Spearim ...
Aboriginal warrior
Michael Yawunnydjurr ...
Aboriginal WarriorAboriginal Warrior
Gutiwa Dhammarrandji ...
Aboriginal Warrior
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Through lyrical images, Manganinnie journeys across mountains towards the coast with Joanna, a white girl, in search of Manganinnie's vanished tribe. The poignancy of this film derives from the Aboriginal woman's gradual realization that her people and the tribal way of life are forever gone. It is the story of the Black Drive of 1830, the near-genocide of the Tasmanian Aborigines. Written by Archie Moore <ar.moore@student.qut.edu.au>

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While the flame burns her spirit lives.

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A tűz gyermekei  »

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A truly worthwhile experience
5 May 2016 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This is one of those movies that may get into your head. If it does, it will be there for a very long time.

Most of the story is not in the movie: you need to fill it in from your imagination.

An example: Mangannini is the fire-carrier for her people. When Joanna drops the fire-stick into the water, the look of utter devastation on Mangannini's face will stay with you. Because while Mangannini is the fire carrier for her people, she has no way to make a fire. Tasmania in winter is a cold place...

Mangannini's people no longer exist. Neither do any of Mangannini's descendants.

We did that.


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