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Wash My Soul in the River's Flow

Directed by Philippa Bateman
2021
Australia
90 minutes
All Ages
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A cinematic reinvention of Archie Roach and the late Ruby Hunter’s 2004 award-winning concert – a fertile music collaboration with Paul Grabowsky and the Australian Art Orchestra.
In 2004, Ruby and Archie worked with Grabowsky and the Australian Art Orchestra to create the seminal concert Kura Tungar: Songs from the River. Ruby was born on the banks of the Murray, home to the Ngarrindjeri people for thousands of years. As a child, she was forcibly taken from her family under the government’s assimilation policy. Years later she met Archie, another member of the Stolen Generation, at a Salvation Army drop-in centre. The story of their lives, as told through their music and lively yarns, celebrates country and culture, resilience, and family. Philippa Bateman’s lovingly crafted film threads together footage of rehearsals and opening night with stunning images of the Murray. A fittingly cinematic and spiritual tribute to two much-loved Australian performers, executive produced by Indigenous singer-songwriter Emma Donovan.
Program Strand
First Films
Year
2021
Classification
All Ages
Country
Australia
Language
In English
Director
Philippa Bateman
Producer
Archie Roach, Kate Hodges, Philippa Bateman
Cinematographer
Allan Collins, Bonnie Elliott
Editor
Matias Bolla, Lily Davis
Genre
Documentary
Australian Distributor
Bonsai Films
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