Putuparri and the Rainmakers

Dolly-Snell-at-Aged-Hostel-1S8C4736Saturday 25th June 6.30pm
Film Event – Putuparri and the Rainmakers
Dr Nicole Ma | 2015 | Australia | 97 mins
Ten years in the making, the film is an extraordinary eyewitness account of the living traditions of Putuparri’s people.
The film spans 20 transformative years in the life of Tom “Putuparri” Lawford as he navigates the deep chasm between his Western upbringing and his determination to keep his traditional culture alive. Director Nicole Ma documents Putuparri’s journey, travelling with him and his family on numerous occasions to Kurtal, a sacred waterhole in the Great Sandy Desert where they ritually make rain. Kurtal is a site of deep spiritual significance for Putuparri and his family
and the subject of a long term native title claim over the area.
Tom “Putuparri” Lawford is a man caught between two worlds: his future as a leader of his people, reconnecting with his ancestral lands and shouldering his responsibility to pass this knowledge on to the next generation; and both his past and present in modern society, where he battles with alcoholism and domestic violence. Set against the backdrop of this long fight for ownership of traditional lands Putuparri and the Rainmakers is an emotional, visually breathtaking story.
The Australian – “No sharper visual account of contemporary existence on the Aboriginal frontier in remote Australia has been produced.”
Nicolas Rothwell, 9th December 2015′
Latin Hut | Addison Rd Community Centre, 142 Addison Rd Marrickville
Drinks and traditional food available, $10 online or the door. Classified M.
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This session will follow the Yarning Circle by Campfire / 4.30pm – 6pm Free – Separate Bookings Essential
Join YARN Australia for the first time at Pachamama Festival. YARN Australia aims to build relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and Non-Indigenous Australians by providing a safe space where discussions and relationships
can be built.
YARN Australia engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, through a meaningful and respectful space for dialogue. Founded in Sydney in 2007 we have established programs at a number of universities, and held several successful community events with dance, music, and storytelling Australia wide.
Featuring special guest speakers and local elders contributing to a conversation on the role of culture in our modern day society. All are welcome.
 The Pachamama films are all impetus for change, so what do we do now?

The next step is to lobby for Ecocide to be recognised by the UN as a crime against humanity

Ecocide is the extensive damage to, destruction of or loss of ecosystem(s) of a given territory, whether by human agency or by other causes, to such an extent that peaceful enjoyment by the inhabitants of that territory has been or will be severely diminished.  The Kogi understand the earth as a living being, and it needs to be cared for as a living being. It also needs legal protection. So far as they are concerned, this is at the heart of the “original law” which governs us. So they urge the world to adopt the proposal to designate Ecocide as a crime against world peace under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court.

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