1993, 55 Minutes
Law man Darby Jampinjimpa Ross and other Warlpiri elders introduce us to their community's fire ceremony.
Made with the close co-operation of the outback Warlpiri community of Yuendumu, the film follows the staging of the ceremony, involving hundreds of people, over several weeks - part of the process of retaining traditional law and culture within the community. Anthropologists describe the ceremony as a means of resolving personal conflicts in society; the elders speak of paying tribute to their ancestors.
Produced by City Pictures in association with SBS Indigenous Unit and Warlukurlangu Artists Association. Made with the participation of the Australian Film Finance Corporation. Developed with the assistance of the NSW Film and Television Office. Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts.
Producers: Ned Lander, Rachel Perkins (Producers); Jenny Day (Co-producer)
Director: Ned Lander
Writer: Marcia Langton
Narrator: Kev Carmody
Running Time: 55 Minutes
Classification: Exempt from classification
Curriculum Links: Conflict Resolution, Indigenous Studies, Studies of Religion, Law, Legal Studies, SOSE/HSIE, History, English, Performing & Visual Arts.
Featured People: Darby Jampinjimpa Ross