Directors: Paul Damien Williams

  • COUNTRY : Australia


Celebrated by audiences at home and abroad, Indigenous Australian artist Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu was one of the most important and acclaimed voices to ever come out of the country. Blind from birth, he found purpose and meaning through songs and music inspired by his community and country. Living a traditional Yolngu life, his eponymous breakthrough album brought him to a crossroads as audiences and artists around the world began to embrace his music. Combining Yolngu and more contemporary Western rhythms and melodies, his music helped to build a bridge between contrasting worlds. With Gurrumul, director Paul Williams respectfully delves into the Aboriginal community through unobtrusive cinematography and provides an integral sense of this amazing man's spiritThree days after Gurrumul approved the film, he died. In Yolngu tradition, the name, image and voice of the recently departed are retired from all public use. However, a very rare exception has been made by Yolngu clan leaders to make Gurrumul's legacy available for everyone. Gurrumul is a portrait of an artist on the brink of global reverence, and the struggles he faced in balancing that which mattered most to him and keeping the show on the road.

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