Dec. 20, 2021

WHERE ONCE THERE WAS WATER - YAAMA NGUNNA BAAKA

WHERE ONCE THERE WAS WATER - YAAMA NGUNNA BAAKA

TRANSITIONS FILM FESTIVAL : Now online. You can buy a ticket and then you have 72 hours to view the film

Virtual 2021 – Transitions Film Festival(link is external)

REQUIEM was an art event at the Paddington Reservoir. It was curated by Janet Laurence during the Sydney Festival. 

Requiem - Sydney Festival

GUESTS

1. Brittany App Her film -"Where once there was water" looks at regenerative farming, building soil and the efforts of First Nations people in California to protect their rivers. One group's duty is to speak for the salmon and their quest takes them to New Zealand where they perform ceremonies with Maori water protectors.

Where There Once Was Water | Where There Once Was Water & Oil & Water | Transitions Film Festival (eventive.org)(link is external)

Her film is "A story about water. A song for the sacred in all of us. A documentary centered on solutions. Where There Once Was Water takes a look at the driest of places – California and the Southwest USA – and the deepest of spaces – our inner worlds. It presents an invitation to change our perspective and heal our relationship with water … one watershed, one meal, one raindrop, at a time."

 

2. Bruce Shillingsworth - Yaama Ngunna Baaka Corroboree Tour organiser teacher and artist

In 2019 Bruce took a convoy of city people to sit with the elders and meet the people of the Darling/baaka river. He invites us to develop a kinship with mother nature.

Climate change seems to have made many people  more receptive to indigenous knowledge or is this a mirage?

Climate action  means more than stopping coal and gas. It's about restoring water to the flood plains, rehydrating the soil and the plants which provide shelter.

Much easier than reversing climate change would be preventing the water theft and mismanagement ;the speculation in water and hoarding  in privatre dams. This is a haunting talk inside an old water reservoir. Bruce told us not to worry about politicians. We must first get together and connect with the river and the land.We can all take action. His next Corroboree Tour will happen next year and he expects thousands.

Bruce Shillingsworth - 2019 Corroboree Project - Yaama Ngunna Barka (Welcome to our River) - YouTube(link is external)

(125) When the River Runs Dry - Australian Doco - 2019 - YouTube(link is external)

“First Nations People Are Bearing the Brunt”: An Interview With Water Activist Bruce Shillingsworth (sydneycriminallawyers.com.au)(link is external)