Karli Jalangu- Boomerang today (2004)

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An observational documentary about the making of a number seven boomerang by four senior traditional men from Central Australia.

How do you make boomerangs today while keeping law and culture strong?

Four senior traditional central desert men (tjilpi) who carry a lot of law create a ‘Number 7’ boomerang. We follow the hunt for the wood, the rubbing, the shaping, the smoothing and the ochre, noting the cultural significance of the work and implements, until the Number 7 is completed and singing.

22 minute documentary
Nganampa Anwernekenhe Series 16
Directed by David Tranter and Allan Collins
Warlpiri and Anmatyerr languages with English subtitles.

Karli Jalangu- Boomerang today (2004) from CAAMA on Vimeo.

DVD available from Ronin Films.
Further clips and teachers notes are available from Australian Screen. If you intend to use this film in the classroom please purchase an educational copy from Ronin Films.

Karli Jalangu Press Kit


2005 Sydney Film Festival
2005 ImagiNATION (Vancouver)
2005 PAW Remote Video Festival
2005 ImagineNative Film Festival (Toronto)
2005 Garma Festival, Gulkula NT


Johnny Possum Japaljarri
Teddy Egan Jangala
Franky Japanangka
Alby Morris Jampijinpa


Directors: David Tranter, Allan Collins
Producer: Rachel Clements
Writer: David Tranter
Cinematographer: Allan Collins
Sound Recordists: David Tranter, Vance Glynn
Editor: Dena Curtis
Unit Manager: Peter Yates
Executive Producer: Citt Williams