At the beginning of last century the Australian Government, along with entrepreneurs, opportunists and do-gooders, made a concerted effort to gain control of the lands of the Yolngu people across northern Arnhem Land, along the central part of northern Australia. While the long succession of would-be cattle barons, missionaries and Government agents failed to dispossess the Yolngu of their lands, the introduction of their new ways and different laws succeeded in eroding the heart of a complex culture that was once strong, defiant and self-sufficient.
Another Country: As Told By David Gulpilil is a feature-length documentary that considers the ramifications of one culture being dominated by another. David Gulpilil, Australia’s finest indigenous actor, has spent his adult life trying to navigate his way through two very different, opposing cultures; that of his Yolngu people, and that of the prevailing Australian culture.
As the narrator, he introduces us to these very different world paradigms and gives us firsthand insight on the clashes, confusions and chaos between cultures.
"David Gulpilil introduces us to his world in this significant and insightful film. Another Country is truly a revelation." - Margaret Pomeranz
Another Country: As Told By David Gulpilil
9 Jul & 10 Jul
To celebrate NAIDOC Week ACMI is proud to present, Another Country. The great Australian Aboriginal actor David Gulpilil tells the tale of ‘Another Country’, a story of what happened when his people’s way of life was interrupted by white culture. This documentary film speaks to the havoc caused by the superimposition of a new culture over an old culture and the consequent problems in diverse areas of daily life, such as time, money, garbage and errant kangaroos.