Asked by the remote Aboriginal Borroloola community in northern Australia to make a film about their Land Rights struggle, Carolyn Strachan and Alessandro Cavadini attempted what had never been done before: a film made under tribal law. The result was Two Laws
Considered to be a turning point in documentary filmmaking, it has been often written about, but little seen. The unique filmmaking method employed by Strachan and Cavadini, in collaboration with the Borroloola community, resulted in a structure, rhythm, and pacing unlike other films of the era - reflecting a unique indigenous viewpoint in cinema for the first time.
A major cross-cultural innovation, Two Laws
also represents a high mark in experimental film practice.Two Laws DVD Launch
Prior to the screening of Two Laws
the filmmakers will launch the newly subtitled version of this classic film. ACMI Lounge > 5.30pm
The screening is part of From U-matic to Youtube
, a two-day symposium celebrating three decades of Indigenous filmmaking.