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Putuparri and the Rainmakers

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The film spans 20 transformative years in the life of Tom "Putuparri" Lawford as he navigates the deep chasm between his Western upbringing and his determination to keep his traditional culture alive. Director Nicole Ma documents Putuparri's journey, travelling with him and his family on numerous occasions to Kurtal, a sacred waterhole in the Great Sandy Desert where they ritually make rain. Kurtal is a site of deep spiritual significance for Putuparri and his family and the subject of a long term native title claim over the area. Tom is a man caught between two worlds: his future as a leader of his people, reconnecting with his ancestral lands and shouldering his responsibility to pass this knowledge on to the next generation; and both his past and present in modern society, where he battles with alcoholism and domestic violence.
Madman Entertainment
Screen Australia ; in association with Film Victoria ; National Indigenous Television ; Melbourne International Film Festival Premiere Fund ; a Sensible Films production ; a Nicole Ma film ; writers, Nicole Ma, Paul Elliott ; producers, John Moore, Nicole Ma ; director, Nicole Ma.
Editors, Paul Elliott, Uri Mizrahi, Steven Robinson ; composer, David Bridie, cinematographer, Paul Elliott.
Putuparri Tom Lawford.
In English, and an Australian Aboriginal dialect, with optional English subtitles for indigenous language segments.
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Digital Site License: The streaming film is hosted on a password protected system for the UVa community. This license is valid until August 1, 2022.
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