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Alex Kelly: Saving histories

  • Trisha Sertori

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Mon, May 9 2011   /  08:00 am

Alex Kelly: JP/J.B. DjwanAustralian filmmaker Alex Kelly is a desert dweller.

Choosing to live in the arid red center town of Alice Springs, she has grown to recognize that here is a country very different to the white fella coast of Australia: Here still there is a people, not yet swamped by colonialism, a people with a 40,000-year-old history to tell. But without government protection that maintains their languages, their histories may, like the desert mountain ranges, erode into dust and be blown forever away.

Alex was in Ubud, Bali, recently where her film that deals with indigenous languages, Nothing Rhymes with Ngapartji, was screened during the Global Social Change Film Festival and Institute, Bali, 2011.

Until recently schools in Australia’s Northern Territory taught bilingually, as many children speak only their native Aboriginal languages.

A recen...