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Samson & Delilah
Directed by Warwick Thornton • 2009 • Australia
Starring Rowan McNamara, Marissa Gibson, Mitjili Napanangka Gibson
Winner of Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, Warwick Thornton’s feature debut is a heartrending and tender vision of young love on the extreme margins of Australian society. Teenagers Samson (Rowan McNamara) and Delilah (Marissa Gibson) are outcasts in their small Aboriginal community: he spends his days in a hazy high from huffing gasoline, while she faces the community’s wrath when she is blamed for the death of her grandmother. Drawn together by a love that transcends words, they embark on a harrowing journey outside of their remote village in search of a place where they belong. Along the way they discover that life isn’t always fair, but love never judges.