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A story within a story. In Australia's Northern Territory, a man tells us one of the stories of his people and his land. It's a story of an older man, Minygululu, who has three wives and realizes that his younger brother Dayindi may try to steal away the youngest wife. So, over a few days and several trips to hunt and gather, Minygululu tells Dayindi a story set in the time of their ancestors when a stranger came to the village and disrupted the lives of a serious man named Ridjimiraril, his three wives, and his younger brother Yeeralparil who had no wife and liked to visit his youngest sister-in-law. Through stories, can values be taught and balance achieved?Written by
Official submission of Australia for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 79th Academy Awards in 2007. See more »
[all walking in a line]
[all stop and turn]
That one is Djigirr. Djigirr talk too much, but maybe he heard something.
I refuse to walk at the end. Someone ahead keeps farting.
Not me. Not me.
It's you again. You're always so silent. Silent but deadly. Admit it.
Alright, it's me.
You're rotten inside.
I'm rotten inside.
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There are currently 3 versions of the film:
(1) the Yolngu languages dialogue version with English subtitles & narration;
(2) the Yolngu languages dialogue & storytelling version in Mandalpingu with English subtitles
(3) the Yolngu language only version without any subtitles
This is a truly unique cinema experience - story-telling at its finest. The film documents Aboriginal culture, history and humor in a way that I have never seen on-screen before.
The voice-over narration of David Gulpilil is excellent. The cinematography is awesome. The film oozes with authenticity and was filmed on location in very remote areas of the Northern Territory of Australia.
It's tragic that this culture should be so remote and foreign to Australians (what to speak of others elsewhere in the world).
This film is full of the dignity of this honorable race of people who have so much to be proud of.
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