Each year from 27 May – 3 June, National Reconciliation Week celebrates the rich culture and history of the first Australians. This is a particularly ideal time for people to join the reconciliation conversation and to think about how to turn around the disadvantage experienced by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
During Reconciliation Week, Lake Macquarie City Council is hosting a FREE film night featuring an incredible journey of Aboriginal culture filmed over 10 years on Country. The film is a great boost for the people of Fitzroy Crossing who appear in the film and it is hoping to encourage all Australians to value and better understand the culture of our First People.
Putuparri and the Rainmakers is a universal story about the sacred relationship between people and place. It takes audiences on a rare and emotional journey to meet the traditional rainmakers of Australia’s Great Sandy Desert who have fought a twenty-year battle to win back their traditional homeland. The film spans ten transformative years in the life of Tom ‘Putuparri’ Lawford as he navigates the deep chasm between his Western upbringing and his growing determination to fight for his family’s homeland. A trip back to his grandparents’ country in the desert begins the process of cultural awakening. Putuparri is shocked to learn that the dreamtime myths are not just stories, that there is a country called Kurtal and a snake spirit that is the subject of an elaborate rainmaking ritual.
To learn more about Putuparri and the Rainmakers, please click here to visit the official website for the trailer, behind the scenes videos, latest screenings, photos, press kit, study kit and more.
When: Wednesday 1 June 2016
Where: Lake Macquarie Performing Art Centre
John Street, Warners Bay
Time: 6pm for a 6:30pm start
RSVP: email@example.com or 4921 0333 by Monday 30 May 2016