A FREE celebration of First Nations film and culture that spans National Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week.
Nunga Screen shares and celebrates First Nations culture, stories and language through film. Nunga Screen provides an opportunity for emerging and established First Nations film makers nationwide to showcase their films across South Australia. The program is presented in South Australia by Country Arts SA with support from the South Australia Film Corporation.
Nunga Screen has become a strong part of community calendars across regional SA. This year’s program is made up of films that are all South Australian and made by First Nation filmmakers.
There are stories of love, friendship, healing country practices, of belonging, community, culture, and above all the strength and connection of First Nations peoples to their land and culture.
Film is one of the most powerful mediums to share stories across generations and we invite you to sit, listen and connect with one of the Earth’s longest living cultures.
Check out the films that feature in this years Nunga Screen program below. Alternatively, you can download the 2022 program here.
Minnie Loves Junior | 14 minutes
Minnie lives in a seaside fishing village. Junior lives there too. Little does he realise Minnie’s unrequited love will soon save his life. Minnie Loves Junior is a heart-warming story of a little boy who loves the ocean, and a little girl who loves the boy.
Seeds of Change | 12 minutes
Be inspired by Ngarrindjeri Elder Mark Koolmatrie. He is actively spreading the word about healing Country practices, including a traditional First Nations Ngatji system within a contemporary framework, whilst also operating conservation tours that are lead from the heart.
Secret Pretty Things | 7 minutes
In 1940’s assimilationist Australia, six-year-old Grace finds escape from Koonibba Mission on the rugged South Australian coastline, her Ancestors ever-present in the salty air. Sitting in the munda (the ground/earth), she senses her belonging to something more, far beyond skin deep – but by the water’s edge she is tormented by the bullying voices of children, and adults berating her.
Lavene Ngatokorua | 5 minutes
Aunty Lavene is a Wangkangurru/Adnyamathanha/ Kuyani/Luritja woman and an artist of various mediums. Her creations reflect her unique visions of community and Culture and tell stories that reflect personal experiences.
Wild at Heart | 8 minutes
After years of estrangement, Kahlia the granddaughter of former race car driver Sally Hughes, wakes from a nightmare desperate to reconnect with her. Defying her mother’s wishes, Kahlia tracks down Nana Sally finally seeing her. A meeting that will change all their lives forever.
We Will Walk | 3 minutes
Students of Prospect North Primary School lean into Reconciliation Week with their hearts and voices, singing an inspirational song of unity. Music by Nancy Bates and vocals by Indy Stanton.
Unbreakable | 10 minutes
Survivors of the Stolen Generation share stories of their forced removal and how their experiences have shaped their individual pathways.
Arabana Songlines | 10 minutes
This ground-breaking short film takes viewers on an immersive journey through the remote heart of Arabana country, Kati Thanda (Lake Eyre). Sit with Elders as they share knowledge of kutha ‘water’, the giver of life. Hear the endangered Arabana language spoken. Meditate on the beauty of this country. The land is changing. The only way forward is to sit, listen, and connect with ancient songlines.
Final Footprints: My Culture My Kinship My Country | 11 minutes
Distinctive insights into meaningful aspects of First Nations palliative care on Country, within an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander context.
Cedric Varcoe | 4 minutes
A poignant portrait of Ramindjeri Elder and artist Cedric Varcoe. He shares insights into his inspiration, unique artistic practices on Country and how his artworks tell stories.
Lest We Forget Aboriginal Women | 10 minutes
Three Aboriginal women, who served in the military in the 70s and 80s, discuss how their lives were changed by being in the Armed Forces and what challenges they faced.
Fill out the form below to express your interest to attend Nunga Screen 2022.
Book your students in and talk to us about other classroom activities that could contribute to the Nunga Screen events from making short films, to creating artwork about Reconciliation for display on the walls at the venue, or a music or dance performance. Contact your local venue to discuss your ideas.
Want to MAKE A SHORT FILM for RECONCILIATION WEEK to be screened at Nunga Screen in 2022?
Your students are invited to make a short film and submit it, successful submissions will be screened at events during National Reconciliation Week. Any inquiries contact [email protected]
Filmmaker and Ngarrindjeri man, Josh Trevorrow, is back as Country Arts SA’s Nunga Screen Programmer in 2022. Josh is an established creator, producer and facilitator within the screen industry and is passionate about growing opportunities for First Nations filmmakers to showcase their talent and reach new audiences.
Josh co-founded bespoke production company Untold Productions with Katharine McPhee and has worked alongside seasoned collaborators to share culture, stories and language with community through screen.
Josh’s personal mandate is to champion First Nations filmmakers in mainstream and commercial film production and to further a platform for uniquely First Nations stories.
“It is an incredible honour to be leading the programme again this year, after what was a fantastic 2021 showcase,” Josh says.
“Film, visual media and other forms of digital content are such powerful mediums for storytelling and the accessibility means so much more freedom for filmmakers.”
“I want to create a strong, sustainable programme and work towards a future of respect and reconciliation.”
In 2021 Josh was awarded the highly competitive Documentary Australia Foundation’s (DAF) Centralised Indigenous Fellowship, established to support the professional development of First Nations documentary filmmakers who are resident in the Northern Territory or South Australia.
Josh’s Nunga Screen programme will be showcasing and celebrating South Australian First Nations film across the state during Reconciliation Week and is proudly presented by Country Arts SA.
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