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Together, Alone: Indigenous Film Now


Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street
Cambridge MA

This series—presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art from Australia—will highlight the contribution that Indigenous filmmakers have made and how they are reshaping cinematic representations.

While Indigenous peoples from Australia have been portrayed in film since the beginning of the medium, it is only in the last two decades that Indigenous directors have taken control of the camera to tell their own stories in their own ways. In addition, non-Indigenous directors have had to re-examine how they tell Indigenous stories to ensure that they become true collaborations of meaningful exchange. Whether working independently or collaboratively, Indigenous peoples are taking ownership of their self-representation in documentary, musical, social realism, and avant-garde cinema.

Join us for weekly Sunday matinee screenings during the run of the series.

About today’s film:

Charlie’s Country (2013)
108 min., color; Australia, English and Yolngu

Living in a remote Aboriginal community in the northern part of Australia, Charlie is a warrior past his prime. As the government increases its stranglehold on the community’s traditional way of life, Charlie becomes lost between two cultures: his new modern life offers him a way to survive, but ultimately, it is one he has no power over. Finally fed up after his gun, his newly crafted spear, and his best friend’s jeep are confiscated, Charlie heads into the wild on his own, to live the old way. However, Charlie hasn’t reckoned where he might end up, or how much life has changed since the old ways (

Presented by Screen Australia and Domenico Procacci
Writers: Rolf de Heer, David Gulpilil
Director: Rolf de Heer
Producers: Nils Erik Nielsen, Peter Djigirr, Rolf de Heer
Line Producer: Julie Byrne
Executive Producers: Domenico Procacci, Bryce Menzies, Sue Murray, Troy Lum, Peter McMahon
Associate Producer: Frances Djulibing
Director of Photography: Ian Jones ACS
Production and Costume Design: Beverley Freeman
Film Editor: Tania Nehme
Sound Design: James Currie, Tom Heuzenroeder
Music: Graham Tardif

The screening will be held in Menschel Hall, Lower Level.

Free admission

Cosponsored by the Harvard University Native American Program and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.

Support for this program is provided by the Richard L. Menschel Endowment Fund.

Lead support for Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art from Australia and related research has been provided by the Harvard Committee on Australian Studies. The exhibition is supported by the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Australian Consulate-General, New York.