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Manapanmirr, in Christmas Spirit

Special Christmas Film Screening
Presenter Centre for Creative Futures and Northern Institute
Contact person
Northern Institute
T: 08 8946 7468 E:
Location Mal Nairn Auditorium
CDU Casuarina Campus
Open to Public


The Centre for Creative Futures and Northern Institute present this special Christmas screening of the film "Manapanmirr, In Christmas Spirit" + Q&A with the directors. 

The film is part of a three-channel video installation called Christmas Birrimbirr by Miyarrka Media, including Northern Institute researchers Professor Jennifer Deger and Mr Paul Gurrumuruwuy Wunuŋmurra.

Paul Gurrumuruwuy Wunuŋmurra and family at christmas time

About the film

Australia | 2012 | 61 mins 
Directed by: Paul Gurrumuruwuy, Fiona Yangathu, Jennifer Deger and David Mackenzie of Miyarrka Media

Missionaries introduced Christmas stories and rituals to small bush settlements across East Arnhem Land during the 1930s and 40s. Yolŋu families embraced this new annual event with a particular talent for ceremony, beginning in late October, when the first thunderclouds of the wet season begin to rumble, and families across Arnhem Land begin their Christmas preparations.

Manapanmirr, in Christmas Spirit, is a performative documentary made to affirm—and share—this Yolngu take on Christmas. Co-director, the late Fiona Yaŋathu, described the work as a 'gift of grief' from her family to the world.*

*Please note this film explores themes of death, grief and mourning -  parental guidance is recommended*


Mal Nairn Auditorium

Mal Nairn Auditorium
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This film is FREE and open to the Public. Light refreshments are provided; please register your attendance here: 

RSVP here

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