The first full-length feature film made entirely in indigenous Australian languages, "Ten Canoes" captures the adventure, mystery and the drama of a magical and ancient tribal world. Journey back thousands of years into the mythical past and deep into the Arafura swamp region as ten select tribesman set out on their annual goose egg hunt. The drama heightens and intrigue deepens as secrets emerge and an ancient and salutary tale that delves into the tribes' history is told by the old and sage tribal elder, Minygululu. Warring tribes, sorcery, misunderstandings and plenty of bawdy humour combine to make a rich and beguiling film, an unmissable tale of magic and suspense.
The power of the narrative
- Ten Canoes review by Kurtz
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There’s nothing like a good yarn to while away the hours, and the Aboriginal culture seems particularly rich in the tradition of storytelling. Filtered through a doubly distancing lens- a story within a story- and told largely in the Aboriginal language, “Ten Canoes” nonetheless catches the attention with mystery, magic, murder and forbidden love. A worthy film that is part entertainment, part defiant celebration of a culture under extreme threat.