Presented by the Darwin International Film Festival and Our Generation in association with Darwin Festival.
Celebrate the launch of the Darwin International Film Festival program with the NT Premiere of a powerful new documentary followed by a Q&A with Reverend Gondarra and Director Sinem Saban
Filmed over 5 years in Northeast Arnhem Land and as a result of a 12 year friendship, Luku Ngarra - The Law of the Land is a confronting and intimate journey into the world of the Yolngu First Nations of Australia.
At its centre is a remarkable man, Rev. Dr Djiniyini Gondarra, who has been a tireless beacon for freedom and justice for Indigenous Australians for the last 40+ years, as well as a highly respected clan leader, traditional lawman, spiritual leader and civil rights activist.
The film will deeply challenge audiences' understanding of the Yolngu world, the crisis currently facing remote Indigenous communities today, and offer a better way forward that upholds the dignity, respect and sovereignty of the oldest living culture in the world.
It offers viewers a fascinating exploration of their customary law and how it has kept Yolngu people in balance with the environment and with each other for tens of thousands of years. Following true to Dr Gondarra's well known straight talk, he and many other Yolngu present how their law has been completely at odds with the dominant mainstream paradigm which has in effect created chaos to their lives. and the environment.
By opening big questions that require a humanitarian response, audiences will be compelled to question their own world and the views and structures that come with it.
The film is a timely vehicle of wisdom from one of Australia's most respected Indigenous Elders, that addresses the challenges of our times with soul and compassion.
Its' director, Sinem Saban has been closely interwoven with the Yolngu of Northeast Arnhem Land for more than 20 years, and directed the award-winning and groundbreaking documentary on Indigenous rights - Our Generation (2010).