The Desert dreamers (A)

United Kingdom, 1977

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Episode of Series “The World about us”.
A video about the paintings produced by the Papunya Aboriginal people, some 200 miles from Alice Springs. Looking like twentieth century abstracts, the paintings use an extremely complex symbolic language that relates to religious ceremonies. Some of them are outstandingly beautiful. All reveal the richness of desert Aboriginal life and culture. Shows the lives of the painters and their families, desert nomads who are being forced to come to terms with the realities of white technology, economics and values.



Geoff Dunlop

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British Broadcasting Corporation







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Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Australia, Central

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Cultural assimilation

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Ethnic identity

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Social life and customs

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Papunya (N.T.)

Crafts & Visual Arts → Aboriginal Australian artists

Crafts & Visual Arts → Aboriginal Australians - Painting

Crafts & Visual Arts → Art - Study and teaching

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Art - Study and teaching

Educational & Instructional

Educational & Instructional → Educational films

Places → Papunya (N.T.)




16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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