Westwind: Djalu's Legacy [M] - Reconciliation week
Tuesday 30th May at 6pm
Note: although online bookings have ended, there are still plenty of tickets available; just arrive at the Cinema.
Note: online bookings close 2 hours before screening starts
As a part of Reconciliation Week, Strathbogie Shire Council will be hosting several activities that encourage all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. On Tuesday 30th May at 6pm, Strathbogie Shire Council will be hosting a free screening of Westwind: Djalu's Legacy (M) at the Euroa Community Cinema. The theme for National Reconciliation Week 2023 is 'Be a Voice for Generations'.
[M] Infrequent coarse language | Documentary | 87 minutes
Synopsis: Yolngu warrior, shaman and father Djalu Gurruwiwi, with some help from global pop star Gotye, must find a way to bring two worlds together to save his culture.
Djalu Gurruwiwi, an ageing Yolngu elder and master Yidaki (didgeridoo) player, is a custodian of his people’s ancient Songlines that have stored his clan’s Knowledge, Culture and Country since the birth of time. But Djalu is running out of time to pass on these Songlines, entrusted to him for the future of his people. His sons and community, struggling to come to terms with the consequences of colonisation, are lost. When Djalu breaks with tradition in an effort to save the Songlines, world-famous musician Gotye becomes an unexpected family member and helps amplify the songs to the world.
Director Ben Strunin spent more than five years documenting Djalu’s journey, which ultimately manifests as one of his oldest Creation stories – the Wititj Songline that tells of two different serpents speaking together to maintain balance in the cycle of life. Supported by the MIFF Premiere Fund, the resulting film showcases this meeting of two worlds, where Western pop and Indigenous sacred songs become a common language used to transcend barriers.