The Karrabing Film Collective
These are not straightforward documentaries: realism is interwoven with alternative histories, speculative futures, and Dreaming narratives.Matariki Williams, Art in America
The members of the Indigenous media group the Karrabing Film Collective, based in Australia’s Northern Territories, use cell phones and handheld cameras to record daily life in their rural community and the obstacles they face with government entities as a form of grassroots resistance and community organization. The collective’s “improvisational realism” moves freely between past and present, fiction and documentary, to employ humor, staged scenes, and self-representation in order to investigate and analyze—as well as satirize—the social conditions of inequality, land restrictions, and environmental devastation that impact its members. The word karrabing, which translates as “low tide” in the Emmiyengal language, refers to the time ancestral communities come together, a collectivity outside of the official government.
Films in this Screening
Day in the Life
Karrabing Film Collective, Australia, 2020
Night Time Go
Karrabing Film Collective, Australia, 2017
Wutharr, Saltwater Dreams
Karrabing Film Collective, Australia, 2016
Just because you can’t see it . . .
Karrabing Film Collective, Australia, 2018