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In My Father's Country (2008)





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Ananais is in many ways an ordinary seven-year-old boy who likes swimming, football and The Simpsons. But Ananais lives in a world that has one foot in the present and one in the past; he and his family live in Dhuruputjpi, a village of forty-five people established by Yolngu Aborigines to help them maintain their culture and traditional way of life in the face of interference by government agencies and attempts by mining interests to take over their land. Ananais is soon to be initiated into manhood according to the traditions of his people, and filmmaker Tom Murray offers a look at these rarely seen ceremonies in the documentary In My Father's Country. Along with capturing the rituals of manhood on film, In My Father's Country offers a look at a boy who is learning about the world around him, and his elders who are fighting to retain the purity of their community and know all too well about the dangerous temptations of the outside world. In My Father's Country was an official selection at the 2008 Melbourne International Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


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