Barngarla language to feature in film

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Mr Croft said the aim of the film was to give acknowledgement to the Bargarla People as the “traditional owners of this land”.

“It is very good to have this kind of acknowledgement from Country Arts SA,” he said.

“When there are meetings and so on, you usually need to find someone to do the Welcome to Country, but with this video you are able to display something visual on a screen.

“The beauty of this film is that it will first be spoken in Barngarla language and then in English.”

Mr Croft said the film would have a focus on organic landmarks, as opposed to buildings.

“It was filmed in Whyalla as well as Point Lowly, and included a focus on landmarks such as Wild Dog Hill. ” he said.

“They are the main landmarks we looked at. They also did some filming at night which looks really nice.

Aboriginal cinema-photographer Allan Collins and assistant Kym Hamann worked on the production with young and upcoming Aboriginal film-maker Isaac Lindsay.

The three collaborators all consulted Mr Croft on his vision for the film.

“They suggested the landmarks and then we showed them the landscape,” Mr Croft said.

“The Aboriginal community is a very important part of the Whyalla community.”

Mr Collins said it was “great to meet and work with the elders from the Whyalla region”.

“I hope they all feel proud to have been part of the creation of this film and that when they see this in the cinema or theatre, the community feel acknowledged and connected,” he said.

Country Arts SA’s chief executive officer Steve Saffell said the initiative supported reconciliation.

He said it showed the importance of respecting the traditional custodians of the lands and the Aboriginal people in regional areas. Country Arts SA Cultural programming manager Sam Yates said the film is specific to the Barngarla Nation in the Whyalla region.

It was produced after a successful Acknowledgement of Country film for the Riverland region in 2016.

“Last year we worked with communities in the Riverland to create an Acknowledgement of Country film they could take ownership over,” she said.

“This year we are happy to do the same with the Barngarla community from the Whyalla region and have worked with the community to create a film that illustrates a deep respect for the land and Aboriginal people’s attachment to it.

“We hope to work with more Aboriginal communities in other regions in the future to create their own Acknowledgement of Country films.”

The Barngarla Welcome to Country film launch will be held with the 2017 NAIDOC march on July 3 at 11am.