Caring for Country : Eco Documentaries
Warburdur Bununu and Saving Seagrass
Fri Oct 4 8:30 PM
Fri Oct 4
Friday night’s special programming will finish with the screening of two short form eco – documentaries the compelling Warburdur Bununu – Water Shield and Saving Seagrass.
Warburdur Bununu – Water ShieldIn the late ’70s, Borroloola elders co-produced a landmark film to expose the threat to their homelands from mining development. In 2019, the eco-battle re-ignites. A young leader is devastated when Borroloola Town Camps receive water contamination notices only to rediscover hope in the healing power of culture.
Director Jason De Santolo follows the trail of the heavy metal pollution in the Gulf Country, which has made the community’s water unfit to drink, fish or swim in. It’s the story of Scott Wurjuki McDinny, who Inspired by his forefathers and using ancient song and dance, is determined to shield his homelands from mining.
Saving SeagrassWrapping up the evening, eco documentary Saving Seagrass is an exploration of the priceless environment of Roebuck Bay, Western Australia – the traditional lands of the Yawuru people – now under threat on many fronts. The immense bay is home to dugong and turtles, myriads of migrating birds and countless shellfish. It’s also been the food bowl for generations and generations of the Yawuru people. From the intertidal zone to the sweeping sands, it’s a complex chain of survival for the saltwater animals and plants. The seagrass on which much of this diverse ecosystem relies is a bio indicator of the state of the environment.
Today, the seagrass is disappearing at an astonishing rate and the local community is doing all it can to monitor the worrying trend and raise awareness. The necessity for science and cultural knowledge to unite and save this special place is at the forefront of Gary Hamaguchi’s visually sumptuous documentary.
This session is part of an inspiring trilogy of Friday night events exploring our beautiful natural world, the way we care for and cultivate it and how that informs our relationship to the land and each other.
In Conversation and Films | 5.30pm - 9.30pm Fri 4 Oct
Session 1 : 5.30pm - 6.45pm
Caring for Culture : The Saltwater Story + Q&A
Break : 6.45pm – 7.15pm First Nation artist Kev Starkey Live in the Gold Bar
Session 2 : 7.15pm - 8.00pm
In Conversation : Renewed Agriculuture - First Nations Futures
Session 3 : 8.30pm - 9.20pm
Caring for Country : Short Form Eco Documentaries
Warburdur Bununu – Water Shield & Saving Seagrass
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