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Title Wirriya : small boy / director [and camera] Beck Cole ; producers, Citt Williams and Beck Cole
Published [San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2014
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Description 1 online resource (1 video file, 26 min., 24 sec.) : digital, stereo, sound, color
Summary This moving documentary is a record of a few hours in the life of a small 7 year old boy, Ricco, from Hidden Valley, one of the many town camps on the outskirts of Alice Springs. He has lived in the camp for most of his life, and is looked after by his three older sisters and his foster mother, Nanna Maudie. Ricco Japaljarri Martin is bright, cheeky and adventurous. The film follows his interactions with his nine dogs, and on a routine day at school in Alice Springs where he has classes in Warlpiri language and culture. The next day, however, Ricco plays “hookey” from school with some other children and goes into the town to explore and to play around. At the end of the day, Nanna Maudie expresses her concerns about what the future holds in store for Ricco. Filmed over a two-month period, the film is narrated by Ricco himself in an intimate, casual style. Beautifully shot and edited, and with an attractive music score, WIRRIYA shows the rich creative potential of the CAAMA documentary group. The film is a non-judgemental and poignant observation of town camp life, and the challenges that lie ahead for the camp residents and for this irrepressible small boy
Notes Off-air recording of the ABC programme broadcast 26/05/06. Copied under Part 5A of the Copyright Act 1968
Credits Directed and produced by Beck Cole [and Citt Williams]
Performer Features, Ricco Japaljarri Martin, Maudie Nelson, Charmaine Gibson, Rochelle Dickenson, Deline Dickenson
Event Originally produced by Ronin Films in 2001
Notes Originally produced in 2001
First released [Alice Springs, N.T.] : CAAMA Productions and B. Cole, c2004
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Closed-captioned, narration in Aboriginal English with English subtitles
Subject Martin, Ricco Japaljarri
Children, Aboriginal Australian.
Aboriginal Australians -- Australia -- Northern Territory -- Alice Springs Region -- Social conditions
Genre/Form Video recordings.
Form Streaming video
Author Cole, Beck.
Williams, Citt
Kanopy (Firm)