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MURUNDAK: SONGS OF FREEDOM

SYNOPSIS:
The Black Arm Band, a gathering of Australia's finest Aboriginal musicians, take to the road with their songs of struggle, resistance and freedom.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Murundak is "our big fist" says Emma Donovan, a singer we meet at the beginning of this doco comprising protest marches, protest songs and celebrations of indigenous unity, brotherhood and music. Like the songs of the Civil Rights movement and like the anti Apartheid songs of South Africa, says Rachel Maza Long at an Opera House concert of The Black Arm Band, "our songs speak of anger and pride ..."

With the likes of the wonderfully talented Archie Roach, Ruby Hunter and Joe Geia speaking as well as making music, Murundak is rich with activism and strong music. It has a clear anti-Conservative political bias, with John Howard singled out and demonised.

But there is celebration in much of the music, as well as anger and a long list of artists in a variety of settings. It's as much a political doco about Aboriginal issues in Australia as a musical journey and succeeds in its intentions.

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MURUNDAK: SONGS OF FREEDOM (M)
(Aust, 2011)

CAST: Documentary featuring The Black Arm Band

PRODUCER: Phillippa Campey

DIRECTOR: Natasha Gadd, Rhys Graham

SCRIPT: Natasha Gadd, Rhys Graham

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Not credited

EDITOR: Not credited

MUSIC: Not credited

PRODUCTION DESIGN: n/a

RUNNING TIME: 85 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Antidote Films

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: April 1, 2011: Brisbane; April 7, 2011: Broome, Perth, Hobart; April 14, 2011: Melbourne, Adelaide, Melbourne; April 28, 2011: Sydney, Avoca Beach; May 7 & 12, 2011: Canberra; May 16 & 21, 2011: Darwin







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