We acknowledge Australia’s First Nations People as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land, and pay respect to the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, upon whose Country SFF are based.
We honour the storytelling and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia.

Marungka Tjalatjunu (Dipped in Black)

Directed by Derik Lynch, Matthew Thorne
24 minutes
Unclassified 15+
Yankunytjatjara artist Derik Lynch takes a road trip back to Country (Aputula), as memories from his childhood return. Berlinale 2023, Silver Bear Jury Prize (Short Film) and Teddy queer short film prize.
Yankunytjatjara artist Derik Lynch escapes the oppressive white city life of Adelaide, taking a road trip back to Country (Aptula), his remote Anangu community. There, he seeks spiritual healing and performs on sacred Inma ground. Inma is a traditional form of storytelling using the visual, verbal and physical. It is how Anangu Tjukurpa (myths) have been passed down for more than 60,000 years. Marungka Tjalatjunu won the Silver Bear Jury Prize (Short Film) and a Teddy Award for best queer short film at the 2023 Berlinale.

2023 Winner Documentary Australia Award

'Marungka Tjalatjunu (Dipped in Black)' is screening with:

Keeping Hope
Mon 12 June, 4:15pm, Event Cinemas George Street - Cinema 5
Keeping Hope
Tue 13 June, 6:00pm, Dendy Newtown - Cinema 3
SFF70 Winners | Shorts & Marungka Tjalatjunu (Dipped in Black)
Tue 4 July, 6:30pm, Dendy Newtown - Cinema 1
Presented By
Program Strand
Documentary Australia Award, First Nations
Unclassified 15+
In Yankunytjatjara with English subtitles
Derik Lynch, Matthew Thorne
Matthew Thorne, Patrick Graham
Derik Lynch, Matthew Thorne
Andrew Gough
Nicola Powell
Australian Premiere
LGBTQIA+ Films, Documentary, First Nations, Australian Films, Gender & Sexuality, SFF Award Winner
Company Credits
Festival Contact: Matthew Thorne
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