Kurtal - Snake Spirit

Kurtal - Snake Spirit is a rare documentary of a journey undertaken by members of an Aboriginal community going back to country to perform an ancient ceremony.
*WINNER* 2002 Australian Teacher's of Media (A.T.O.M) awards
- Best Indigenous Resource - Best Short Film Documentary
*WINNER* 2003 Religion Today - International Festival of
Cinema and Religion, Trento & Assisi Italy - Best Documentary Film
Spider, a sprightly 80 year old Aboriginal artist and dancer, travels from Fitzroy Crossing into the Great Sandy Desert of Western Australia to visit a jila - a sacred waterhole. He is one of the main custodians responsible for the practices that take place there. For the first time, he is taking his family and community elders back to his birthplace, where he will communicate with their ancestors through Kurtal, the Snake Spirit in an ancient ritual.
This unique documentary examines the ongoing change faced by a remote Aboriginal community and their determination to maintain their close links to birthplace and country. It shows the passing on of traditional knowledge from father to son and grandson, and the vital and sustained connection to ancestry and customs. It is a celebration of strong tradition and culture thriving through the spirit and willingness of the next generation.
Kurtal Snake Spirit is co-directed by Nicole Ma and Michelle Mahrer, two multi award-winning filmmakers renowned for their films with indigenous communities throughout the world. Beautifully photographed, this film takes a stunning look at a resilient group of people practicing ancient traditions in a contemporary society, and the immense impact this is having on their culture.

This program is released for non theatrical use within educational, government and business organisations. Additional payments under a Screenrights licence are not required. Please contact us for Exhibition or Streaming Licences.

Production Year: 
2002
Duration: 
28 mins
Series Episode
Standard $88
Schools $66
Home $66


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