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Yolngu Boy (2001)

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Lorrpu, Botj and Milika are three Yolngu (Aboriginal) teenagers who once shared a childhood dream of becoming great hunters together. But as teenagers they changed: Botj did bad things ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Sean Mununggurr ...
Botj
John Sebastian Pilakui ...
Lorrpu
Nathan Daniels ...
Milika
Lirrina Mununggurr ...
Yuwan
Makuma Yunupingu ...
Matjala
Nungki Yunupingu ...
Dawu
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andrew Galitju Burarrwanga ...
Dhunthun
Garry Dhurrkay ...
Umpire
Jose Element ...
Policeman at Wharf (as Joe Clements)
Grant Gambley ...
Djarrak Player
Merrki Ganambarr ...
Botj's Mother
Garritjpi Garawirrtja ...
Botj (9 years)
Gerard Buyan Garrawurra ...
Lunginy
Gurumin Marika ...
Crowd #1
Maggie Miles ...
Snorkel Woman
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Lorrpu, Botj and Milika are three Yolngu (Aboriginal) teenagers who once shared a childhood dream of becoming great hunters together. But as teenagers they changed: Botj did bad things which landed him in jail one time, and Milika is more interested in being a good football player and in chicks! Only Lorrpu is still closer to Aboriginal traditions and to their common dream. One night Botj goes too far and he's about to return to jail. Lorrpu must weigh up his own future against saving the future of his friend. Therefore the three boys start to trek to Darwin to argue Botj's case with tribal leader Dawu. To survive during their hard journey in the bush and the forest, they must use the ancient Aboriginal knowledge, Botj's street instinct, and the bonds of their friendship. Written by Raphael JULLIEN <jraf3615@yahoo.com.au>

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An excellent story of coming of age for three aboriginal boys
20 January 2002 | by (Victoria, Australia) – See all my reviews

This movie will not be everyones cup of tea. You will know after the first 10 minutes whether you want to continue to watch it or not. It depicts the struggles experienced by aboriginal boys coming into manhood and is set in Gove, an isolated area of Northern Australia. The movie explores the pressures of living in such an isolated place combined with the desire to follow a cultural background vrs joining modern society. After seeing this film, one can understand the difficulty people like our three characters have, trying to find their way in life. The movie is not your zillion dollar hollywood production, but it is extremely well made and makes you feel like you are going through the trials with them. For a movie I could easily have not bothered with, I am glad it did. Highly recommended.


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