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Serenades (2001)

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

Director:

Mojgan Khadem
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Cast

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

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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girl | australia | mission | death | afghan | See All (37) »

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Caught in a clash of cultures. Love is an impossible desire. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 May 2001 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Identidade Perdida See more »

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Trivia

The film's opening prologue reads: "AUSTRALIA 1800's. Camels were imported into Australia as the only means of transportation to the central deserts. The men who travelled with these animals were known as the Afghan Cameleers. No women were permitted to accompany them to Australia." See more »


Soundtracks

I Do It All for Jesus
Traditional children's hymn/ song
Sung by the Afghans' wives and family
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A beautiful film
19 July 2001 | by tilleykrSee 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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