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Ḻuku Ngärra: The Law of the Land


Special Q&A screening with director Sinem Saban and guests



This award-winning, indigenous-funded documentary tells the extraordinary story of Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra OAM, an initiated clan leader within the Yolŋu Nation, and his 45-year journey fighting for the political and spiritual freedom of his people. At 79 years old, Dr Gondarra has spent most of his life as a civil rights activist, spiritual leader, cross-cultural mediator and educator dedicated to upholding the traditional law of his people. Unflinching in his delivery and integrity, yet soft in his humanity, Dr Gondarra has a confronting and illuminating message for Australians and the world as he questions the long-standing colonial paradigm that controls us all. 

Winner: Change Award

Adelaide Film Festival

Winner: Human Rights Award

Montreal Independent Film Festival

Official Selection

Melbourne Documentary Film Festival, Darwin International Film Festival, Maui Film Festival

Why You Should See This Film

Filmed over five years in Northeast Arnhem Land and a result of 16 years of friendship between Dr Gondarra and director Sinem Saban, Ḻuku Ngärra: The Law of the Land presents an intimate exploration of Yolŋu law and how it has kept its people in balance with the environment and with each other for over tens of thousands of years. Proceeds from this screening go directly to supporting Dr Gondarra and his family.

Please note: this film is suitable for children aged 16+.

Sinem Saban
Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra OAM, Rarriwuy Hick, Mark Yingiya Guyula, Baykali Ganambarr
93 minutes

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