Atanarjuat, the Fast Runner 18 February 2015 from 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM The Cairns Institute Lecture Theatre (Room D3.054),
Atanarjuat, the Fast Runner (2001, 161 minutes) is an exciting action thriller set in ancient Igloolik. The film unfolds as a life-threatening struggle of love, jealousy, murder and revenge between powerful natural and supernatural characters. Atanarjuat is Canada's first feature-length fiction film written, produced, directed, and acted by Inuit.
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The Master and Divino 18 March 2015 from 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM The Cairns Institute Lecture Theatre (Room D3.054),
Two filmmakers portray life in the village and in the mission of Sangradouro, Mato Grosso: Adalbert Heide, an eccentric German missionary, that soon after the contact with the Indians, in 1957, starts to film with his Super-8 camera; and Divino Tserewahu, a young Xavante filmmaker, that produces films for television and cinema festivals since the 90s. Shifting between complicity, competition, irony and affect, they give life to their historical records, revealing peculiar backstages of indigenous catechizing in Brazil…
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The Hyperwomen 29 April 2015 from 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM The Cairns Institute Lecture Theatre (Room D3.054),
The Hyperwomen (2011) 80 mins > Fearing the death of his wife, an old man requests that his nephew perform the Jamurikumalu, the main women's ritual of the Indigenous peoples of the Upper Xingu (Mato Grosso, Brazil), so that she may sing one last time. The women start the rehearsals, but the only singer who really knows all the songs is seriously ill. Wednesday 29 April at 6:00pm The Cairns Institute Lecture Theatre (Room D3.054)
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Manakamana 27 May 2015 from 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM The Cairns Institute Lecture Theatre (Room D3.054),
Manakamana (2013) 118 mins >> High above a jungle in Nepal, pilgrims make an ancient journey by cable car to worship Manakamana, the wish-fulfilling goddess. Shot in s16mm film, the directors experimented not only with the format but also with the fiction and non-fiction. The film is about shifting perceptions between the foreground (the human subjects and the space of the cable car) and background (the massive landscape which is never revealed or encompassed as a whole).
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The Fringe Dwellers 22 July 2015 from 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM The Cairns Institute Lecture Theatre (Room D3.054),
ALTAR and cyberTribe present a special screening for NAIDOC: 'The Fringe Dwellers' (1986, 98 minutes) is an acclaimed Australian film about an Aboriginal family who dreams of moving out of the fringe, into the mainstream. The first Australian film featuring Indigenous actors in all the major roles, it was directed by Bruce Beresford and based on the novel of the same title by Nene Gare. Indigenous activist, poet, and educator Oodgeroo Noonuccal (previously known as Kath Walker) worked as both an actor in, and script adviser for, the film.
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War of the Gods 26 August 2015 from 06:00 PM to 08:30 PM The Cairns Institute Lecture Theatre (Room D3-054),
ALTAR and LCRC (Language and Culture Research Centre) present a special screening of ’War of the Gods’ (1971, 52 mins). This film portraying Makú and Barasana of Colombia is one of several documentaries of the Disappearing World Series produced by the Granada TV in the UK from 1970-1990s. The film contrasts the belief systems and way of life of the Indians, presented by the anthropologists who worked and lived with them, with those of Protestant and Catholic missionaries.
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Leviathan 23 September 2015 from 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM The Cairns Institute Lecture Theatre (Room D3-054),
ALTAR presents Leviathan (2012, 87 mins), a groundbreaking, immersive portrait of the contemporary commercial fishing industry. Amongst the most provocative and influential documentaries of recent times, Leviathan was filmed off the coast of New Bedford, Massachusetts, at one time the whaling capital of the world as well as Melville's inspiration for 'Moby Dick'. It is entirely dialogue free, yet mesmerizing and gripping throughout as it presents a cosmic portrait of one of mankind's oldest endeavors. Made by Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel, filmmakers and anthropologists.
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Vanuatu Women's Water Music 28 October 2015 from 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM The Cairns Institute Lecture Theatre (Room D3.054),
'Vanuatu Women's Water Music' (2014, 62 mins) is the result of a collaborative project between the people of the Leweton village and Further Arts, a Vanuatu-based NGO. The film shuns Western/European narrative concepts. Instead it adopts a contemporary style of its own: Art Doco. The result is a non-narrative meditation on indigenous performance and representation. It has received 5-star review from Songlines Magazine (UK) and is described as ‘absolutely perfect’ and ‘visually stunning as well as culturally important’.
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Gleaners and I 25 November 2015 from 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM The Cairns Institute Lecture Theatre (Room D3.054),
'Gleaners and I' (2000, 82 mins) is an intimate, picaresque inquiry into French life, as lived by the country's poor and its provident, as well as by the film's own director, Agnès Varda. The aesthetic, political and finally moral point of departure for Varda are gleaners, those individuals who pick at already-reaped fields for the odd potato, the leftover turnip, and in previous generations were immortalized by the likes of Millet and Van Gogh.
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