SAT 27 March, 6:00PM - 7:24PM
"Naina Sen’s joyful, compassionate film about an Aboriginal women’s choir shows the complex, unexpected consequences of colonisation"
– The Guardian
Australia’s answer to The Buena Vista Social Club, The Song Keepers tells the inspiring story of the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir. In the churches of remote Central Australia, a 140-year musical legacy of ancient Aboriginal languages, German sacred poetry and baroque music is being preserved by four generations of song women that make up the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir.
Documented by award-winning filmmaker Naina Sen, The Song Keepers follows the choir as they embark on a historical tour of Germany, singing baroque and early-romantic Lutheran hymns – brought to Australia by German missionaries – in their own Western Arrarnta and Pitjantjatjara languages. Come on an adventure with these remarkable women as they share their music and stories of cultural survival, identity and cross-cultural collaboration with the world.
Co-presented with the Melbourne Women in Film Festival.