MIFF@CinefestOZ film The Song Keepers debuts in WA
About MIFF@CinefestOZ film The Song Keepers
In the obscure churches of remote Central Australia, a 140-year musical legacy of ancient Aboriginal languages, German sacred poetry and baroque music is being preserved by four generations of song women. MIFF@CinefestOZ film The Song Keepers tells the unknown story of the choral heritage of remote Aboriginal communities. The film follows the 32-strong, Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir as they embark on a joyous three week historical tour of Germany.
About Naina Sen
Born in New Delhi, India, Naina Sen is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, creative producer and video projection artist specialising in cross-cultural storytelling. Most of her work in the past 10 years has been in remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory, Western Australia and more recently Indonesia, East Timor and India.
From 2008 to 2011, Naina created and operated visual stage projections for renowned Indigenous musician Gurrumul and directed 2010’s Stories Through Song, a 30 minute documentary for PBS featuring Gurrumul. Naina also co-wrote and edited Bulunu Milkarri, for the Songlines to Screen initiative in 2015, which premiered at the Sydney International Film Festival and won Best Language Production at the ImagiNative Film Festival, Toronto.
MIFF@CinefestOZ film The Song Keepers is Naina’s debut feature documentary.
About the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir
The multi-generational Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir contains 32 core members, including two men. The members come from six remote communities throughout central Australia: Hermannsburg, Areyonga, Titjikala, Mutitjulu, Docker River, and Alice Springs. The choir was formed as an amalgamation of various individual community choirs, including the renowned choirs from Ntaria (Hermannsburg), Areyonga and Ernabella.
Their performances include German baroque and Early Romantic hymns, now sung in traditional Aboriginal languages from the Central Desert.
Tickets to The Song Keepers are now on sale and can be purchased from CinefestOZ.com, the CinefestOZ smartphone app and local visitor centres.
CinefestOZ is supported by the State Government through Tourism WA’s Regional Events Program. Rio Tinto is a proud Premium Partner of CinefestOZ. The festival acknowledges its strong partnership with Screenwest, Lotterywest and Screen Australia.