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Ventura Film Society Season 7 Screening # 9 - "Charlie's County"
In Australian cinema the wilderness has long served as a rebuke to the primacy of Western civilization. For the Dutch-Australian director, Rolf de Heer, this wilderness is not an abstract arena for playing out alienation. It is a living, breathing land with deep, abiding significance for Blackfella Charlie (the legendary Aboriginal actor David Gulpilil) and his fellow native people. Casting us adrift in the scrawny, white-policed settlements which barely pass for a homeland, “Charlie’sView more
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