"Gnulla Katitjin Quoppadar Boodjar, Our Understanding of Beautiful Country" : un film documentaire Aborigène pour une meilleure communication entre les communautés du basin de la rivière Avon, Australie Occidentale

Abstract : "Gnulla Katitjin Quoppadar Boodjar" is a two-part short documentary produced by Kulbardi Productions, an Aboriginal media production house whose aim is to document Noongar culture of South Western Australia through modern media. The film records several Noongar elders' testimonies with a focus on water, fire, biodiversity and land, and addresses several of the eight key issues established by the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation. With colonisation and non-Aboriginal farmers extensively clearing and farming the region, the deep spiritual understanding that the Noongar people of the Avon River Basin had developed of their environment was irreversibly disrupted. While continuing to suffer from physical and cultural dispossession, they have also retained part of their traditional knowledge and a deep sense of belonging to land. They want to share these values with the non-Aboriginal community to restore the environment of the Avon River Basin and reinforce community ties. I argue that the short documentary is an efficient mode of communication that makes Noongar knowledge available to the rest of the community while preserving its oral tradition. It has the potential to create a better social understanding that could advance reconciliation. However, this project faces some limitations. The creativity of Kulbardi productions has been shaped by its commissioning and funding by the Avon Catchment Council, which is also responsible for the distribution and use of the documentary. As a result, Kulbardi Productions and the Noongar elders have been separated from their performance and the reconciliation program they engaged with. For the project to reach its full potential, Noongar people would have to be involved as participants in the educational and distribution process
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Virginie Bernard. "Gnulla Katitjin Quoppadar Boodjar, Our Understanding of Beautiful Country" : un film documentaire Aborigène pour une meilleure communication entre les communautés du basin de la rivière Avon, Australie Occidentale. 'Building Reconciliation and Social Cohesion through Indigenous Festival Performances' - Two-day interdisciplinary symposium, University of London Institute in Paris, Nov 2011, Paris, France. ⟨halshs-00643527⟩

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