Tnorala – Baby Falling (2007)

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Ladies were dancing up in the Milky Way, and the baby fell down from a Coolamon, fell down there, and created that meteorite crater.

An emotive, traditional style Nganampa, about a Western Arrernte story. Auntie Mavis talks about the significance of the place; Googes Bluff, with a woman’s side and a man’s side, and its major significance to the Western Arrernte people. About the morning star, the evening star, the Milky Way and the Universe.

The style is poetic, beautifully filmed, with time-lapse shots of the night sky, helicopter shots, dawn and dusk, overlaid with the traditional song about the falling of the child, and the creation of the place, Googes Bluff.

23 min documentary
Nganampa Anwernekenhe Series 20
Director Warwick Thornton
Language Arrernte

2008 Screened at Indigenous Film & Arts Festival, Denver
2008 Garma Festival

Directed by Warwick Thornton
Sound by David Tranter
Camera by Warwick Thornton
Edited by Dena Curtis
Featuring Aunty Mavis Malbunka & Uncle Herman Malbunka
Location Googes Bluff