Director: Rolf de Heer
Starring: David Gulpili, Peter Djigirr, Luke Ford
Australia, 2014, 1 hour 48 minutes, subtitles
A heartfelt, deeply passionate story about the life and times of legendary Australian actor David (Walkabout, Ten Canoes) Gulpilil that makes great use of his extraordinarily expressive face. Full of diverting, blackfella humour and filled with anger at the way Indigenous Australians have been treated for generations, this is a powerful, poignant window on Aboriginal culture. Living on the edge of a rundown Aboriginal community, and increasingly stifled by white laws, Charlie decides to return to life according to the old ways. Gulpilil gives a haunting performance as an ageing Aborigine trying to fight back against a system of prejudice and neglect.
“an unforgettable film, beautifully made, at times unbearably sad, but tinged with an unquenchable optimism and humanity.” The Australian
Winner Best Actor Un Certain Regard Cannes Film Festival 2014
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