Karrabing Film Collective
Wutharr, Saltwater Dreams, 2016
HD video, 28’53”, & screening event
Wutharr, Saltwater Dreams is their latest film, which explores the legal notion of the ‘sacred site’. Four Karrabing members have sought passports to travel with the work to Jerusalem. The exceptional bureaucratic and pragmatic hurdles this entails are considered a part of the art and analytics produced by the project.
Karrabing Film Collective is a group of Aboriginal Australian filmmakers. In the Emiyengal language Karrabing means ‘tide out’. It refers to a time of coming together. The Karrabing Film Collective was established in 2007 in response to the Northern Territory ‘Intervention.’ In this internal action 600 Australian Defence Force troops took control of numerous Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory, thus marking the end of the 1970s Land Rights era.
The group collectively scripts and improvises characters based upon their own lives as a way of narrating the current status and challenges of Aboriginal worlds. The films of Karrabing have been exhibited in film festivals, biennales, and in community art spaces.
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