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Date & time
7th of April 2016 at 7:00pm
Fremantle Arts Centre 1 Finnerty St Fremantle WA 6160
Putuparri and the Rainmakers is a universal story about the sacred relationship between people and place. It takes audiences on a rare and emotional journey to meet the traditional rainmakers of WA’s Great Sandy Desert who have fought a twenty-year battle to win back their traditional homeland.
Tom “Putuparri” Lawford is a man caught between two worlds: the deeply spiritual universe of his people's traditional culture and his life in modern society where he struggles with alcoholism and domestic violence.
As he reconnects with his ancestral lands and learns about his traditional culture he begins to accept his future as a leader of his people and his responsibility to pass this knowledge onto the next generation.
The film is an emotional, visually breathtaking story of love, hope and the survival of Aboriginal law and culture against all odds.
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.
The film has been made with incredible care and consideration to the cultural leaders who were involved, creating a model for the contemporary representation of remote Aboriginal people, whose histories are often silenced. This screening is part of Revealed 2016, an event that brings together emerging Aboriginal artists from all over WA, providing a platform for remote voices to be heard and an opportunity to connect with urban audiences.
Mangkaja Artists is a leading Aboriginal art centre in Fitzroy Crossing that represents multiple language groups of the area. Senior Mangkaja Artists who feature in the film collaborated with the director, Nicole Ma, for over 10 years. Mangkaja Artists will be present at the screening, along with over 20 other remote and regional arts organisations from all over WA who are at Fremantle Arts Centre for Revealed 2016, an emerging Aboriginal artist showcase comprising of an exhibition, symposium and art market.
Fremantle Arts Centre is operated by the City of Fremantle