A girl is born to an Aboriginal mother and an Afgan father.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alice Haines ...
Jila
...
Johann
Sinisa Copic ...
Shir Mohammed
Bille Brown ...
Pastor Hoffman
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Rainman
Nick Lathouris ...
Mullah Jalal-Shah (as Nico Lathouris)
...
Abdullah
Katayla Williams ...
Jila (aged 7)
Ben Winsor ...
Johann (aged 12)
David Ngoombujarra ...
Joseph
Eileen Darley ...
Amelia
Yiani Harpas ...
Amir
Monette Lee ...
Blanche
Netta Yashchin ...
Zeinab
Linda Rowlands ...
Pearl

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1890, Central Australia. On a Christian mission at the edge of the desert, a girl is born of an Aboriginal mother and an Afghan father. A dark skinned, green eyed, forbidden beauty - she is a reluctant traveler between the worlds of her parents. This is the story of Jila. Conceived against her mother's will, born between worlds, abandoned by love, cheated by death, removed from her faith and from her place. Written by Palace Films

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Drama | Romance

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31 May 2001 (Australia)  »

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Soundtracks

Ding Dong Merrily on High
Traditional tune with modified lyrics
Sung by 'Stephen Sheehan' and pupils of Chatswood Public School
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A beautiful film
19 July 2001 | by (Adelaide, Sth Australia) – See all my reviews

This is a loving, gently told story located in Central Australia in the 1890's, about mixed cultures (Afghan, Australian Aboriginal, and European). It is a hard environment and it is captured in the true colours of the harshness of bush Australia. The cast do a wonderful job in portraying the emotions of the clashes between the cultures, particularly Alice Haines as Jila and Aden Young as Johann. A love story with an anguished background. Not to be missed if you like serious films without the sensationalism or drama of Hollywood. Tenderly directed by Mojgan Khadem. In the words of the publicity for the film: "This is a story of Jila. Conceived against her mother's will, born between two worlds, abandoned by love, cheated by death, removed from her faith and from her place. Given no choice, no say. All her life men decided how she would live, what she would dream, who she would worship, who she would marry. Yet no husband or lover could comprehend the depth of her passion. No Christian or Muslim could fathom her spirit. Only the landscape could give her comfort. Only the music could serenade her soul." Highly recommended 8/10.


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