Roebourne stars in indigenous film
An indigenous film partly shot in Roebourne and based on a Dreamtime story about a search for love that takes a mystical turn will be shown on television screens across Australia this weekend.
Tjawa Tjawa is one of eight films being shown on NITV as part of its Songlines on Screen documentary series.
The series marks the first time that indigenous songlines, ancient spiritual pathways and the stories behind them have been portrayed on national television.
The Tjawa Tjawa team took an epic trip into the Great Sandy Desert, south of Balgo, to film a rendition of a Ngarti Dreamtime story about a group of women who travel from Roebourne to Balgo in search of husbands.
It chronicles the women’s journey through the desert before returning home “underground”.
The film was one of a selection of Black: Songlines on Screen movies shown at the Sydney Film Festival this time last year, where it received a standing ovation.
Producer Neil Turner said eight vehicles of people ventured deep into the desert south of Balgo Aboriginal community in September for filming.
“We had to take our own water and supplies; it was quite a major undertaking to significant sites,” he said.
“We forged our own roads on certain parts of the trip, to places that hadn’t been visited for a long time.”
The group was guided by Balgo residents Payi Payi Sunfly, from Kapululangu Aboriginal Women Law and Culture Centre, and her younger brother, Mark Moora, who was also the film’s director.
The other films showing as part of Songlines on Screen are Footprints, Naji, Goorrandalng: Brolga Dreaming, Bulunu Milkarri, Wardbukkarra, Wurray, and Damari and Guyala: A Story of Two Brothers.
Five of the films are from North West WA.
Tjawa Tjawa airs on NITV this Sunday at 8:45pm.
Tjawa Tjawa producer Neil Turner and director Mark Moora. Picture: PAKAM