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DJÄKAMIRR: Caretaker of Pregnancy and Birth (NT PREMIERE)

Presenter Molly Wardaguga Research Centre, the Northern Institute and Charles Darwin University
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The Northern Institute
T: 08 8946 6854 E: thenortherninstitute@cdu.edu.au
Location Deckchair Cinema
Jervois Rd, Darwin City NT 0800
Open to Public
Djakamirr landscape film poster. Two woman stand on a beach, with traditional ochre painting on their bodies.

About the Film

Filmed over two years in Arnhem Land, DJÄKAMIRR explores childbirth from the perspectives of Yolŋu women in Galiwin’ku, giving insight into the aspirations of remote First Nations communities to reclaim their birthing culture from the stronghold of Western medicine. For over 60-000 years Yolŋu childbirth happened on-country with skilled djäkamirr- midwifery caretakers -using ancestral wisdom and bush technologies to support women and babies.

This documentary follows Ḻäwurrpa and Sarah on a unique journey through ancestral time, country and culture; working with community to pilot the training of djäkamirr.

A collaboration between One20 Productions, Molly Wardaguga Research Centre, the Northern Institute and Charles Darwin University, the documentary is a creative output from the 'Caring for Mum on Country' project and part of the OFFICIAL SELECTION of the Garifuna International Indigenous Film Festival 2021.

 

Gates open 6pm (runtime 44 minutes).

 

Website:      https://www.birthingoncountry.com/djakamirr
Trailer:         https://vimeo.com/516523163

 

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