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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."





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.



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




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.



SYNOPSIS In the Northern Territory of Australia, an extended Indigenous family attempts to track down a missing family member so as not to loose their government housing. As they move back and forth between the suburban ghetto where they live and a remote landscape where they are trying to establish an outstation, they run up against the everyday obstacles of structural and racialized poverty.
CAST Angie LEWIS, Cecilia LEWIS, Rex EDMUNDS Linda YARROWIN, Rex SING, Shannon SING, Robyn LANE, Trevor BIANAMU, Ricky BIANAMU, Sherri BIANAMU, Gavin BIANAMU, Taleesh BIANAMU, Marcia BIGFOOT, Kelvin BIGFOOT, Ryan BIGFOOT, Sharon LANE, Serina Lane, Daphne YARROWIN, Ethan YARROWIN, Sandra YARROWIN, Roger YARROWIN, Claude YARROWIN, Paul LANE
CREW Directors: Liza Johnson and Elizabeth A. Povinelli, Karrabing Member; Scriptwriter: Karrabing Indigenous Corporation; Producer: Tess Lea; Director of Photography: Tim Wood; Sound Recordist: Ian Redfearn
Karrabing! Low Tide Turning is a grassroots film, conceived and written by the Karrabing Indigenous Corporation, that seeks to capture the complex contours and settings of Australian Indigenous life beyond prevalent stereotypes of “authentic” mythological primitives or assimilated, urban, drug-addled welfare recipients. The Karrabing Indigenous Corporation was established in 2008 and whose purpose to express their hope that a way of life can be found that joins together indigenous and non-indigenous aspirations for a culturally diverse, economically sustainable, and environmentally rich future. Their lived experience and that of many contemporary indigenous Australians mixes what appears to outsiders as traditional and modern ways of seeing and experiencing the world by what is for them simply everyday life. Low TIde Turning captures the awkward hope for contemporary spaces of Indigenous life where dreams are many, humor abundant, but social and personal success is often measured by nothing more than the resilience of making it through the day.


"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