Directed by Rolf de Heer and Peter Djigirr • 2006 • Australia
Starring Crusoe Kurddal, Jamie Gulpilil, Richard Birrinbirrin
Australia, long, long ago . . . Dayindi (Jamie Gulpilil), a young Aboriginal warrior, covets the youngest wife of his older brother. To teach him his proper path, an elder tells him a cautionary story from the mythical past—a wild and comic tale of illicit love, kidnapping, sorcery, bungling mayhem, and revenge gone wrong. Set in the forests and breathtaking vistas of Australia’s remote far north, narrated in English by David Gulpilil and subtitled in the Ganalbingu language, featuring remarkable performances from its wholly Aboriginal cast, and devised and filmed in creative collaboration with the people of Ramingining, TEN CANOES is a vibrant and inventive tale of desire and temptation, conflict and reconciliation that is rich in earthy humor and powerful emotion.