Just a few years after her award-winning Mountain (2017), with River, Jennifer Peedom delivers yet another cinematic experience like no other.
Narrated by Willem Dafoe, and scored by the Australian Chamber Orchestra, River explores the bodies of water that flow across the land masses of our planet with breath-taking imagery and poetry. Reaching six continents, including satellite filming, River calls attention to the way that our river systems shape our landscapes and concept of journeys. With a rich harmony of imagery, music and meandering poetic narration, as much as natural beauty, River explores how we view our reflection in our relationship to it.
An immersive and powerful musical performance by Yorta-Yorta storyteller Allara, supported by Ayesha Mehta.
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Pre-film artist performance by Allara
Before the screening, we will be honoured by an immersive and powerful musical performance by Yorta-Yorta storyteller Allara, supported by Ayesha Mehta.
Allara is a powerful Yorta Yorta winyarr. She is a storyteller, composer, director, producer, musician and soundscape designer. With humour and integrity, Allara uses the double-bass and sound samples from Country to weave textures for healing in her work “I am Sovereign, I am Free”. Allara's innovative music speaks to Blak justice and sovereignty. She was the recipient of the Archie Roach Foundation Award for Emerging Talent (Music Victoria Awards 2021) and is a founding member of Ensemble Dutala.
Allara is driven by collaboration and improvisation, inspired to bring language and cultural practice to the forefront of her work. Mentored by matriarchal Songwomen; her Djetja, Dr Lou Bennett AM, Deborah Cheetham AO and anganya Nancy Bates, Allara has become an unstoppable force for love, art, music and transformation, empowered by her yakapna (family) and her Ancestors, dhama yenbena (old people).