One hundred and fifty spears, ten canoes, three wives … trouble.

July 2, 2006

I went and saw the film 10 Canoes yesterday. I don’t know how extensive the cinema release of this film will be (it did win a Special Jury Prize at Cannes 2006 but is hardly a mainstream blockbuster), but if you can you should see it.

Set in Australia’s Arnhem Land, It is a multilayered film, a story told by a storyteller, retold by another. It mixes myth and reality, and reality interpreted through myth. Unlike virtually every other film yet made about Indigenous Australians, it does not tell the story of their encounter and interactions with the European newcomers, but tells an internal and self-contained story, set long before the first Dutch sailor set foot on the shores of Western Australia.

Check out the website.

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