Nunga Screen 2024

Presented By Country Arts SA
Approx 100 Minutes
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Nunga Screen shares and celebrates First Nations culture, stories and language through film.

A FREE annual event that spans National Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week, and which tours across regional SA from big screen cinemas to remote communities, Nunga Screen presents a diverse film program for cinema-goers of all ages.

For more than 10 years, Nunga Screen has provided the opportunity for emerging and established First Nations film makers to showcase their films across South Australia.

In 2024, the program will feature the premiere short documentary from an emerging First Nations filmmaker commissioned by Country Arts SA.

Nunga Screen is an amazing opportunity to get together, connect and learn.

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This year’s program

WADU MATYDI | 9 minutes

In this short animated film we’re taken back to the early 1800s when Adnyamathanha children of the Flinders Ranges were inspired, schooled and entertained by their interactions with Country. The characters in the story are three adventurous Adnyamathanha kids who set out for a day of exploration near their camp. The children play traditional games and spook one another with tales of the ancient creatures of their Country. They see unusual tracks that set their hearts and imaginations racing. Then, unexpectedly they make a discovery that changes their lives forever.

THE MIMIS | 5 minutes

A young boy anxious to prove himself tries to go hunting in the evening. This is the time of day when the mimis come out of their underworld to prepare the land for the next day. The boy follows the mimi spirits and is missed by the rest of the camp.

WANMARI | 3.5 minutes

A Ngalakgan woman from Ngukurr, NT, just wants to catch a nailfish at her favourite fishing spot, Wanmari. But her family are thwarting her plans. When she sees an eagle, her grandfather’s dreaming, she remembers to use the knowledge she has of Country and soon, good luck comes her way.

BROLGA SONG | 5 minutes

Old Victor is a song man, and he’s searching for his dreaming body so he can finally feel complete. He asks all the animals until he finds who is carrying the spirit of his fathers. Brolga Song is a Dhuwa story that is told in Rembarrnga language.

GURUNGATCH & MIRRIGAN | 10.5 minutes

Gurangatch and Mirrigan is a part of the permanent educational exhibit alongside Burra in the Australian Museum. This is a visually engaging piece which portrays the Gundungurra creation story depicting the battle between the Serpent Gurangatch and Quoll Mirrigan. This conflict ends with…. Well, you’ll just have to watch for yourself..

GYNBURRA | 14 minutes

After nine years, the ninth being its biggest yet, the Gynburra spearfishing festival has become known for its high-profile entertainment, family activities, variety of stalls, and an enjoyable, family friendly environment. The traditional Narungga harpooning practice on Guuranda (Yorke Peninsula) that led to the creation of the Gynburra Festival nine years ago, has been one that has evolved
over millennia, can the tenth edition take another step and become one of the biggest culturally immersive Indigenous events in South Australia, or even, the country? Follow the event as it unfolds, hear from the event organisers such as Garry Goldsmith, and those that have been around since the beginning, such as Aunty Stephanie Newchurch and Uncle Wayne Newchurch, while also seeing who wins the vied for Uncle Clem Graham Senior Trophy for the best days fishing.

BLACK TIME WHITE TIME | 11.5 minutes

Fifteen-year-old Florence is sent to live with her Deaf Aunty Janice after her parents’ divorce, where she must urgently learn Auslan language to communicate. As the red headed, tech-savvy teen, learns more about her Narungga heritage, she encounters her opposite – a reclusive, retired watchmaker, who lives a lonely existence surrounded by his priceless clock and watch collection. With a generation gap of more than 60 years, complicated grief, cultural differences and an overprotective Aunty, the curious teen and the elderly widower, clash, and challenge each other’s worldview.

NAMORRODOR | 5 minutes

A shooting star crosses the night sky. This meteor transforms into a terrifying spirit creature that is attracted to the smell of cooking meat and hunts babies to eat their hearts. This ancient Yirritja story is told throughout Arnhem Land region.

THE GETAWAY | 10.5 minutes

Kyle Williams, a young Aboriginal man who recently lost his mother, decides to return to Country to find out where he belongs, leaving his pregnant girlfriend Sophia behind. Now, out of his comfort zone and out of luck, Kyle unwillingly disturbs a grave unleashing a spiritual protector that will stop at nothing for revenge. Can Kyle make it home safely and prevent Sophia from being drawn into the tangled web of terror?

MORNING STAR | 5 minutes

A camp has experienced its first death, so Mardiyhin must begin the ceremony of birth, life and death. Morning Star is a very ancient story. The storyteller, Victor Hood, says it comes ‘from the dust’, which means it comes from the Dreamtime. This story is told in Rembarrnga language.

TAMBO | 12 minutes

Arriving home from the horrendous Gallipoli campaign, young First Nations soldier Tambo heads to town for a drink with his digger mates before returning home. Feeling worthless after a racist incident, the traumatised Tambo treks into the bush to take his own life. Coming across another veteran, however, Tambo hears the truth about the land he fought for. With new feelings stirring, Tambo realises that the only place he wants to be is home.

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