Roe­bourne stars in in­dige­nous film

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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

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