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Yolngu Boy (2001)

Yolngu Boy

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Three Aboriginal teenagers growing up in Northern Australia come together as they deal with the responsibilities of their shared cultural background and their individual emotional issues. Lorrpu (John Sebastian Pilakui) has a deep respect for his Aborigine heritage and wants to learn more about the history and customs of his people; he also begins negotiating the tricky path of romance when he meets Yuwan (Lirrina Mununggurr), a girl his age taking a vacation from school. Two of Lorrpu's best friends are Milika (Nathan Davis), who is more interested in football than his cultural heritage, and Botj (Sean Mununggurr), a troubled youth with a criminal record and little interest in changing his ways. Much of Botj's rage comes from the fact that he never knew his father, who abandoned his family when Botj was an infant; when Botj discovers that his father is living 300 miles away in the city of Darwin, he and his friends leave their village behind and set out to find him, first by canoe and later on foot. Originally produced for broadcast by the Australian Children's Television Foundation, Yolngu Boy earned a theatrical release in Oz prior to its television premiere. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
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Written By: Chris Anastassiades
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Full Review… | March 19, 2009
Variety
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Full Review… | April 17, 2004
Chicago Reader
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The film rides the teenagers' churning anger, despair and elation throughout. . . . The heartbreaking ending is neither naive about how white culture is destroying a millennia-old way of life nor too hopeful about the power of ancient traditions and belie

August 20, 2007
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Urban Cinefile

Full Review… | April 17, 2004
Senses of Cinema

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