A thousand years ago, ten men head into the bush to gather materials for canoe building.
They are keen to get to the swamp and begin their seasonal goose egg gathering expedition. Minygululu discovers that Dayindi, a young man, desires his wife. With tribal law in danger of being broken, Minygululu tells Dayindi an ancestral story to teach him a lesson and restore balance to the community.
Directed by Rolf de Heer and Peter Djigirr, and written by de Heer (in consultation with the people of Ramingining, Arnhem Land), Ten Canoes is told in Indigenous language (with English subtitles) and features a cheeky, unnamed narrator, voiced by David Gulpilil. The film won seventeen international awards, including the Special Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival (2006), and Best Film at the Australian Film Institute Awards (2006).
AUS | 2006 | 90 mins
Moderate violence and nudity