A story written and acted by young people. Snake Dreaming is a story passed on to the young by the elders. During the production of this short film, the elders imparted additional cultural knowledge to the children.
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“This is an example of film being used to continue the storytelling tradition that is so strong in Indigenous culture. It is interesting to note that the child characters do not have any dialogue. This relates to the act of being stolen, which saw the voices of the children denied. You learn more about how they think and feel at the end of the film when you watch the credits, as the children talk to camera. The film was conceived by young people.
“Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) worked with the youth from the Gap Youth Centre to produce this film. It won Best Indigenous Film at the Alice Springs Youth Festival in 2002.
Romaine Moreton, Australian Screen Curators Notes.
8 minute Drama
Nganampa Anwernekenhe Series
Director: Sonja Dare
Written by and featuring:
Jessica Ah Chee
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.