About the documentary

The Mulka Project

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ANKAAA collaborated with the Mulka Project, an Indigenous film crew based at Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre in Yirrkala, to produce a documentary about the first two workshops

The documentary film shows the demonstration and sharing of practices between senior traditional knowledge holders from both the Arnhem Land and Kimberley regions. This includes bark and ochre harvesting, gathering and production of natural fibres for women objects, and production of traditional tools such as hair and reed brushes, spears and boomerangs. Specialists from major museums and arts institutions in Australia, where many important cultural objects are kept, join the knowledge and exchange to explain and explore conservation techniques.

A thorough editing process has produced two versions of the documentary – a 54-minute full-length version and a 30-minute version. ANKAAA has also worked with the Mulka Project to produce two 3-minute video trailers about the two main workshops at Buku Larrnggay Mulka and Mowanjum Art Centres.

The documentary had its Northern Australia launch at the ANKAAA AGM and Annual Conference on 12th November 2014, and Mt Bundy Station, in Adelaide River. The full-length documentary screened to an audience of more than 80 Indigenous artists and arts workers from remote communities across the Northern Territory and Western Australia. The documentary also had its Southern Australian launch at the International Council of Museums Conservation Committee (ICOM-CC) 17th Triennial Conference in Melbourne on 18th September 2014. More than 600 international museum and gallery professionals attended the event.

If you would like to host a screening of the Harvesting Traditional Knowledge documentary film, contact info@ankaaa.org.au

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