SHAR­ING A SA­CRED STORY

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - News -

DJALU Gur­ruwiwi is the cus­to­dian of the Galpu clan’s song­lines – the an­ces­tral sto­ries, told in song, to the sound of the yi­daki (known to west­ern cul­tures as the didgeri­doo). Trusted with this in­her­i­tance, he must pass it to the next gen­er­a­tion, to keep tales like the Rain­bow Ser­pent and tribal cus­toms – from fish­ing tech­niques to bush tucker se­crets – alive.

When his son proves re­luc­tant to take on the re­spon­si­bil­ity, Djalu breaks with tra­di­tion and in­vites the singer, Go­tye (the Grammy-win­ning artist be­hind the hit

on a tour of Europe. Blend­ing their mu­si­cal tal­ents and sounds is both mes­meric and deeply mov­ing.

From the cap­ti­vat­ing scenery in the Top End, to the clever graph­ics used to bring some of the sa­cred tales to life, this is an im­por­tant and pow­er­ful piece of sto­ry­telling in so many ways; told with the re­spect and rev­er­ence these an­cient cus­toms de­serve.

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