Maintaining Tjukurpa Law and Culture

Two Brothers Walking - Screenings

Press Release 14/02/2014

Special screening of “Two Brothers Walking” at DocWeek 2014
and Byron Bay Film Festival

Link to Press Release PDF

“Two Brothers Walking” a documentary that began as SA Unions fact finding visit to
Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands will have a special screening sponsored by the SA Film Corporation at DocWeek in Adelaide. It has also made selection for Byron Bay International Film Festival.

As a senior Pitjantjatjara lawman Murray George engages with senior men and women to oversee the maintenance of culture for future generations. He follows time less process of consultation, teaching, overseeing ceremony and cultural practices. John Hartley, Kukj Yalanji Bama from Far North Queensland, calls Murray Kuta, elder brother and together they maintain the connections that keep culture invigorated.

Tjukurpa," Murray says, "is always here. It is part of the country." Pitjantjatjara people have kept it standing up alive since the beginning. Now is the time to remind everyone that it is still here and that it has never gone away.

Murray, John and the people they meet are unapologetic that the world’s oldest culture claim its rightful place amongst the ingenuity and diversity of human enterprise and continue for future generations.

Since the
Bringing Them Home report and the subsequent bridge walks people ask what can they do in response. Murray says, “Tjukurpa, (known by different names in all Australian languages) belongs to everyone. Not just black people but white people too. They might not know it but if they want, we can teach them about it.”

Murray’s generation grew up with control over their lives and their country. Like his peers, he is bilingual and bi-literate. Identity and the future for Aboriginal people should be built on strong traditional culture as well as the good things that come from the Western European world. He calls for both cultures to coexist on a level footing, then everyone can benefit from both cultures.

Murray and John talk have similar defining experiences but coming from different directions. Murray grew up with the strength of culture around him and is now looking to the future to maintain the culture that is part of him. John grew up away from his country and has been on a quest to reconnect with his traditional roots and pave a way for others to do the same. Two Brothers Walking is about spiritual people in spiritual country.

Two Brothers Walking is grateful to the film’s generous sponsors which include SA Unions and affiliates, Office of the Arts and private philanthropists.

The documentary will screen:
Byron Bay International Film Festival on the 2nd March 2014
DocWeek Adelaide 6th March 2014following traditional Inma (song/dance), also a Q & A, Refreshments and a tour of Adelaide Studios.

Address enquiries to:
or to:
David Salomon
M: 04 3223 6332

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