Film Screening: Putuparri and the Rainmakers

Tom ‘Putuparri’ Lawford reflects on how he has navigated the deep chasm between his Western upbringing and his traditional Aboriginal culture. He and his grandfather, Spider, go on a series of epic journeys to places in their family’s country, the most important of which is a sacred site called Kurtal, where underground artisan water known as ‘jila’ or ‘living water’ comes to the surface, and where Putuparri’s people return when they die. Each trip marks a different stage in Putuparri’s passage from rebellious young man to inspirational cultural leader. Set against the backdrop of the long fight to reclaim their traditional lands, Putuparri And The Rainmakers is a story of love, hope and the survival of Aboriginal law and culture against all odds.

This film will be screened at the Newcomb Hall Theater. Parking is available in the Central Grounds Garage. A traditional owner of Kurtal, Tommy May, and Mangkaja Art Center Coordinator Wes Maselli will be present for post-screening Q & A and discussion.

Documentary. 2015. Australia. 97 min.
Winner of the Cinefest Oz Film Prize, and selected for the Melbourne International Film Festival.

This film is part of the Indigenous Film Program of the Virginia Film Festival, and is presented in partnership with UVA Arts Council.