Yolngu Homeland (2015, 58 mins) is about Garrthalala as a place and how the community who live there are connected with other beings, including ancestors, animals and plants. Aboriginal people have lived in Arnhem Land for over 45,000 years. Over time they have developed a deep, spiritual connection with the land. Totemic beings of significance include the saltwater crocodile, crows, dogs and dingoes, crabs, sea eagles, turtles, and yams. The film follows 'Yolngu time' where the pace is measured and not run according to the institutional timeframes of wider Australia. Homeland communities are increasingly under threat from a lack of financial support and investment into infrastructure from the State with a push for Yolngu to move into town centres, despite the fact that the quality of life on outstations is significantly better. This film was inspired by Ian Dunlop’s collaborations with Yolngu during and the Yirrkala Film Project series. The intention of ‘Yolngu Homeland’ is to show a positive side to a homeland community and how living on homelands are a means of maintaining a connection to Country, to other beings and to a unique way of life.
The full version of this film will be distributed by Ronin Films.