Meaningful Movies: Charlie’s Country
This April, Meaningful Movies NSW will be screening the 2015 film Charlie’s Country, a passionate and moving drama that follows an Aboriginal man's struggle to reconnect with his history, his culture and his country.
Legendary actor David Gulpilil (Walkabout; Australia) plays Charlie, an elderly Aboriginal man who lives in a small rural town in Arnhem land. Though he's frustrated by some aspects of life in his community (such as the terrible food), he maintains a wicked sense of humour. Despite his apparently friendly relations with the local authorities, Charlie runs into trouble with the law when he and his friend Black Pete go out to do some hunting in "the old way". Fed up with these restrictions, Charlie decides to leave his community to go live in the bush, but his mission to return to a traditional way of life doesn't go to plan....
Directed by Rolf de Heer (Ten Canoes) and featuring an incredible performance by Gulpilil, who won the Best Actor award at the international Cannes Film Festival, Charlie’s Country provides an empathetic perspective on Charlie's journey and, in so doing, highlights the everyday injustices and ongoing dispossession faced by Indigenous people in this country.
All tickets are $10.
Doors will open at 7pm, with the film to start at 7:30pm.
This screening is being run in support of Amnesty International Australia's 'Community is Everything' campaign, which is focused on getting Federal and State/Territory Governments to reduce the numbers of young Indigenous people incarcerated across the country.
Read more about the campaign and what you can do to take action here!