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The Karrabing Film Collective is a grassroots Indigenous based media group. Filmmaking provides a means of self-organization and social analysis for the Karrabing. Screenings and publications allow the Karrabing to develop a local artistic languages and forms and allow audiences to understand new forms of collective Indigenous agency. Their medium is a form of survivance—a refusal to relinquish their country and a means of investigating contemporary social conditions of inequality. The films represent their lives, create bonds with their land, and intervene in global images of Indigeneity.
The Karrabing Film Collective is on the shortlist for the prestigious Visible Award 2015. See our video statement to the jurors.
"When the Dogs Talked" wins the Cinema Nova Award for Best Short Fiction Film. The jury statement: "What is it that fiction is? Of all the short films in MIFF this year, When the Dogs Talked was the work that most intelligently, astutely and passionately took on this question to ask how we tell our stories, why we tell our stories and from where do our stories emerge. There is a roughness to this film but that is integral to its success. It asks us to think through the complex and fraught contradictions involved in speaking Indigenous myth and truth in a still contested colonial space, in an Australian cinematic landscape that has privileged the settler story, the conquest story, the rational and European story. In making us think through the question of what truth might be, this film is an outstanding example of challenging the very assumptions that underlie our notions of fiction."
THE KARRABING'S LATEST FILM, WINDJARRAMERU, THE STEALING C*NT$, HAS BEEN SELECTED TO RUN IN THE 2015 MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ALONG WITH ITS PREVIOUS FILM, WHEN THE DOGS TALKED.
WINDJERRAMERU (The Stealing C*nt$)
Is a story about a group of young Indigenous men, hiding in a chemically infected swamp, falsely accused stealing two cartons of beer, while all around them miners wreck the country. It is currently in post-production.
WHEN THE DOGS TALKED (2014, 33:53) CLICK HERE TO VIEW INTERVIEW & CLIPS
SYNOPSIS As a group of Indigenous adults argue about whether to save their government housing or their sacred landscape, their children struggle to decide how the ancestral Dreaming makes sense in their contemporary lives. Listening to music on their ipods, walking though bush lands, and boating across seas, they follow their parents on a journey to reenact the travel of the Dog Dreaming. Along the way individuals run out of stamina and boats out of gas, and the children press their parents and each other about why these stories matter and how they make sense in the context of Western understandings of evolution, the soundscapes of hip hop, and the technologies of land development. “When the Dogs Talked” mixes documentary and fiction to produce a thoughtful yet humorous drama about the everyday obstacles of structural and racialized poverty and the dissonance of cultural narratives and social forms.
Written and Performed by the Karrabing Film Collective
CAST Camboy…Cameron Bianamu; Gavin…Gavin Bianamu; Sheree…Sheree Jane Bianamu; Taleesh…Taleesh Bianamu; Trevor…Trevor Bianamu; Kelvin…Kelvin Bigfoot; Marcia…Marcia Bigfoot; Over…Rex Edmunds; Ryan…Ryan Gordon; House Inspector #1…Claude Holtze; Daryl…Daryl Lane,; Paul…Paul Lane; Robyn…Robyn Lane; Sharon…Sharon Lane; Angie…Angelina Lewis;Gigi…Cecilia Lewis; Serina…Serina Lippo; Housing Assistant…Joslyn McDonald; Cassie…Cassandra Sing; Kerin…Kerin Sing;Shannon…Shannon Sing; Suntu…Rex Sing; Gudji…Claude Yarrowin; Daphne…Daphne Yarrowin; Linda…Linda Yarrowin; Rossie…Roger Yarrowin; Sandra…Sandra Yarrowin; Housing Boss…Tess Lea.
CREW Elizabeth A. Povinelli: Director (Karrabing Member); Liza Johnson: Co-Director; Ian Jones: Director of Photography (1st Unit); Tim Wood: Director of Photography (2nd Unit); Alana Branch: 1st Assistant Camera; David Barker: Editor; Harry Yoon, Ron Dulin: Additional Editors; Chris Healy: Sound (1st Unit); Ian Redfearn, Sound (2nd Unit); Tess Lea and Liza Johnson: Producers; Leandros Ntounis: Sound Designer & Editor; Kostos Varybopiotis: Sound re-cording Mixer; Aly Migliori: Color & Title FX; Elizabeth A. Povinelli: Subtitles; Mike Uguccioni: Special Effects; Greg Moo: Logistics; Sandra Yarrowin, Rex Edmunds, Gavin Bianamu, Paul Lane, Taleesh Bianamu, and Ben Williams: Location Managers
DOGS IN THE NEWS
The Oslo Academy of Fine Arts screens "Dogs."
The Karrabing screen "Dogs" at the Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne and the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane and discuss country and lives with intellectualy, film critics and artist/film-makers like Denise De Silva, Richard Bell, Tom Nicholson, and Nikos Papastergiadis.
e-flux journal features clips and conversations among collective members and publishes a conversation about the film with Audra Simpson, Elizabeth A. Povinelli, and Liza Johnson.
see Karrabing Film Collective members talk about filmmaking behind the scenes.
KARRABING LOW TIDE TURNING (2012, 14:01)
"Karrabing, Low Tide Turning" shown in Madagascar at Berlinale Abroad
"Karrabing, Low Tide Turning" shown in Vietnam at Berlinale Shorts Goes Exterior
"Karrabing, Low Tide Turning" was featured in ABC 7:30 NT Report.
"Karrabing, Low Tide Turning" has been selected by the Wexner Center's exhibition space for video, the Box, which will screen the film continuously seven days a week for the month of May 2012.
Karrabing Indigenous Corporation's Production "Karrabing, Low Tide Turning" has been invited to the prestigious Berlinale, Shorts Competition.
See the Cast & Writers greeting the Berlinale!
Listen to members discuss the film on ABC Drive with Vicki Kerrigan
Listen to Elizabeth Povinelli discuss the film on EYES IN Magazine