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March 20, 2006 10:48 AM
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First Australian Indegenous Language Film Makes History In Adelaide

The first feature-length movie to be made in an Australian Indigenous language premiered last night at the Adelaide Festival of the Arts, in the Southern Australian city of Adelaide. An audience of approximately 2,000 people turned out to watch director Rolf de Heer's film at Her Majesty's Theater, an ABC online news report states. "Ten Canoes" is set in tribal times on the Arafura swamp in north-east Arnhem land, and tells the story of a man who covets his older brother's wife. The narration is done in English voice-over by David Gulpilil and is subtitled in the Ganalbingu language. The film's entire cast is from the Aboriginal community of Ramingining and all 17 attended the film's world wide premiere at the Adelaide Fesitval.

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