Told through the paintings, songs and stories of the breathtaking 39 piece Blanasi Collection; the extensive archive material of his music and international performances; and the stories of old and young remembering his life.
The documentary connects four generations of the Blanasi family. They recall their memories of David and share their saved memorabilia. Youth participants of Djilpin Arts’ eight-year Digital Culture program have collected interviews and other filmed material about Blanasi’s legacy.
In 2009, not without difficulty, they travelled to Kundirri, ‘returning to country’ where they experienced the homeland depicted in many of Blanasi’s own paintings, learning about the country and kinship ties connecting Mayali, Rembarrnga and other people through the community they collectively call home. The inheritors of this cultural knowledge themselves are recording the ancient knowledge as well as researching material online from all over the world.
This one hour documentary tells the mystery, tragedy and incredible legacy of David Blanasi that thrives today.
WARNING Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders use caution viewing this film as it contains images and voices of dead persons.
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NOTE Agreements for archival material currently being finalised.