Harvard Art Museums,
32 Quincy Street
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:
Samson and Delilah (2009)
100 min., color; Australia, English and Warlpiri
Samson and Delilah’s world is small—an isolated community in the Central Australian desert. When tragedy strikes they turn their backs on home and embark on a journey of survival. Lost, unwanted, and alone, they discover that life isn’t always fair, but love never judges (www.samsonanddelilah.com.au).
Writer/Director: Warwick Thornton
Producer: Kath Shelper
Assistant Producer/Casting: Peter Bartlett
Director of Photography: Warwick Thornton
Editor: Roland Gallois
Production Design: Daran Fulham
Costumer: Heather Wallace
Make-up: Carol Cameron
Sound Recordist: David Tranter
Sound Design: Liam Egan
The screenings will be held in Menschel Hall, Lower Level.
Cosponsored by the Harvard University Native American Program.
Support for this program is provided by the Richard L. Menschel Endowment Fund. Modern and contemporary art programs at the Harvard Art Museums are made possible in part by generous support from the Emily Rauh Pulitzer and Joseph Pulitzer, Jr., Fund for Modern and Contemporary Art.
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.