The Song Keepers

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The Song Keepers


Raffertys Theatre


19 May - 27 May 2018

Event Type

Cinema Screening


The desert of central Australia is alive with the sound of music, though not the type that might be expected. Across six remote communities spanning a thousand-kilometre radius, indigenous women gather to sing choral hymns originally brought to the area by German Lutheran missionaries, then translated into the Western Arrarnta and Pitjantjatjara languages. 140 years later, the tradition still remains, with the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir (CAAWC) the only singing group of its kind in the world.

While the idea of Australia’s remote indigenous populace crooning centuries-old German tunes may come as a surprise — in fact, the practice nearly died out decades ago — The Song Keepers’ wonders don’t stop there. Resulting from months spent with the choir, more than 50 hours of footage and a historic tour of the European nation, writer/director/producer/cinematographer/editor Naina Sen’s documentary proves an enlightening chronicle of and joyous ode to cross-cultural collaboration, its power and its importance, as the planet’s oldest culture helps to keep some of humanity’s oldest sacred songs alive.

“The Song Keepers is a remarkable and enormously enjoyable documentary.” – The Sydney Morning Herald

“Standing ovation for the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir.” – National Indigenous Television (NITV)

“Joyous ode to cross-cultural collaboration.” – Goethe-Institut Australia

Classification: E – Exempt from Classification
Distributor: Potential Films

Dates & Times:
Saturday 19 May 2018 at 4pm
Sunday 27 May 2018 at 4:30pm


Ticket Options

Members Adult $12
Members Concession $9
Members 30 Club $9
Adult $15
Concession $12
F/T Student $12
Transaction fees apply
Screen $1.65


Approximately 1 hour 24 minutes (No interval)

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