Cinema Paradiso in Northbridge will host a special Q&A screening of CinéfestOZ winner, Putuparri And The Rainmakers, with director Nicole Ma on Thursday, 5th of November.
Putuparri And The Rainmakers takes audiences on a rare and emotional journey to meet the traditional rainmakers of Australia’s Great Sandy Desert. Over a decade in the making, the film is an extraordinary eyewitness account of the living traditions of Putuparri’s people. Against the backdrop of Australia’s tangled colonial and Indigenous history, Putuparri and the Rainmakers explores one man’s struggle to fulfil his destiny.
Tom “Putuparri” Lawford is a man caught between two worlds: his past and present in modern society, where he battles with alcoholism and domestic violence; and his future as a leader of his people, reconnecting with his ancestral lands, learning about his traditional culture and shouldering his responsibility to pass this knowledge on to the next generation.
Director Nicole Ma spent more than a decade documenting Putuparri’s journey, travelling with him and his family on numerous occasions to Kurtal, in the Kimberley’s Great Sandy Desert region – traditionally a site of great significance as a place where people ritually make rain – as they fight for their native title claim over the area.
You can find out more about the event and book tickets here.