This exceptional collection of short films explores the story of the Canning Stock Route told through the eyes of four emerging Aboriginal filmmakers: Clint Dixon, Morika Biljabu, Kenneth “KJ” Martin and Curtis Taylor with award-winning filmmaker and mentor Nicole Ma. Many of the films featured in this unique collection were produced specifically for Yiwarra Kuju: the Canning Stock Route exhibition, co-produced by FORM, a not for profit organization which advocates for and develops creativity in Western Australia, and the National Museum of Australia.
The compilation Ngurra Kuju Walyja — One Country, One People — Films from the Canning Stock Route tells an intercultural and intergenerational story of community, collaboration and reconciliation in action. Across Western Australia’s expansive desert region, the Kimberley, Pilbara and Goldfields, a network of Aboriginal communities and their art enterprises are home to some of Australia’s most distinguished artists. The Canning Stock Route Project celebrates the cultural wealth within these communities and their part in a bigger Australian story. In the words of Curtis Taylor (2011 Western Australian Citizen of the Year): ‘It is a story not just about Western Australia, but all of us. Aboriginal people telling our story, our history to the world.’
Films in the compilations:
1. Living in the Desert 6:34 mins
2. Kuul 1:26 mins.
3. Nyiru 1:05 mins.
4. Puntukurnu 2:22 mins.
5. Long way I been traveling 9:38 mins.
6. Not Just Painting 4:43 mins.
7. Nana 3:58 mins.
8. Painting Country 8:25 mins.
9. Jilakurru 4:47 mins.
10. Goanna 5:43 mins.
11. Hall's Creek 7:11 mins.
12. Ngumpan 5:48 mins.
13. Bush to Beijing 5:36 mins.
14. Our communities together: Two-way learning 6:09 mins.
A comprehensive study guide is available for free download