Tom “Putuparri” Lawford navigates the deep chasm between the deeply spiritual universe of his people's traditional culture and his life in modern society where he struggles with alcoholism and domestic violence. During a trip back to his grandparents’ country in the desert, Putuparri is shocked to learn that the dreamtime myths are not just stories, but that there really is a country called Kurtal and a snake spirit that is the subject of an elaborate rainmaking ritual. Set against the backdrop of the long fight to reclaim their traditional lands, Putuparri and the Rainmakers is an emotional, visually breathtaking story of love, hope and the survival of Aboriginal law and culture against all odds.
"... a rich, engrossing and rewarding documentary..." –Philippa Hawker, Sydney Morning Herald
Best Film – Cinéfest Oz
First Secretary and Consul Ms Melissa Stenfors and her spouse Mr Ian Moorcroft will attend the screening on Sunday, February 5. A reception follows the screening with wine courtesy of the Australian High Commission.
Didgeridoo music will be performed by Jay Thomson.