Karrabing Film Collective
The Karrabing Film Collective, an Indigenous media group based in Australia’s Northern Territories, uses the creation of film and art installations as a form of Indigenous grassroots resistance and self-organization. The collective opens a space beyond binaries of the fictional and the documentary as well as the past and the present. Meaning “low tide” in the Emmiyengal language, karrabing refers to a form of collectivity outside of government-imposed strictures of clanship or land ownership. Shot on handheld cameras and phones, most of Karrabing’s films dramatize and satirize the daily scenarios and obstacles that collective members face in their various interactions with corporate and state entities. Composing webs of nonlinear narratives that touch on cultural memory, place, and ancestry by freely jumping in time and place, the Karrabing Film Collective exposes and intervenes into the longstanding facets of colonial violence—such as environmental devastation, land restrictions, and economic exploitation— that impact members directly.
REDCAT presents a comprehensive look at the Karrabing Film Collective’s work, surveying its existing films to date throughout the Fall.
When the Dogs Talked (2014, 33:56)
This thoughtful yet humorous drama details the difficulties Indigenous communities have living within the strictures of modern white culture while maintaining a sense of their own traditions and relationship to the land.
Windjarrameru, The Stealing C*nt$ (2015, 36:33)
Teenage boys fall into a trap—presumably set to get them jailed for a minor offense—and are pranked by ancestral spirits when they hide out in a toxic mangrove.
Day in the Life (2020, 31:42)
It’s ordinary day in a small rural Indigenous community in which nothing quite works and the authoritative hand of the government is a constant shadowy presence over the community.
It is not only straightforwardly racist narratives that Karrabing exists to rebut but also the liberal forms of Indigenous recognition that emerged during the 1970s.