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Gulpilil: One Red Blood
Director: Darlene Johnson
From: Australia
Year: 2003 African Film Minutes: 56
Language: English
Genre: Documentary

Gulpilil: One Red Blood
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Legendary Aboriginal actor and Australian icon David Gulpilil's life has been one of dueling lifestyles, with his jet-setting movie star life on a completely different plane from his life as an Aboriginal village elder, and director Darlene Johnson manages to capture intimate details from both lifestyles in her 2003 biographical documentary Gulpilil: One Red Blood. At the age of 17, Gulpilil made history as the first Aboriginal actor to appear on film -- in Nicolas Roeg's 1971 Walkabout -- which, in turn, led to an historic acting career that culminated in his receiving numerous awards and an Order of Australia medal. All the while, Gulpilil remained true to his culture by accepting his tribal responsibilities, which include living in a primitive house and procuring his household's daily food and water. As Johnson films a number of very candid encounters with the actor in both settings -- David lives in a tent shed and is quite open about the lack of facilities in his abode and the exploitation hes experienced during his career -- she documents the class differences that still exist between the indigenous population of Australia versus the relatively new white population.

DVD sale: $245
DVD also includes feature film The Tracker

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The Tracker - by Rolph de Heer
Director: Rolph de Heer
From: Australia
Year: 2002 African Film Minutes: 98
Language: English
Genre: Epic Drama

The year is 1922. The Tracker (David Gulpilil, Walkabout, Rabbit-Proof Fence) has the job of pursuing The Fugitive, an aborigine who is suspected of murdering a white woman, as he leads three mounted policemen: The Fanatic, The Follower and also The Veteran across the outback. The Tracker, a mysterious and enigmatic figure whose true character remains unknown, assists them in their quest. As they move deeper into the bush and further away from civilization, the toxic forces of paranoia and violence begin to escalate, stirring up questions of what is black and what is white and who is leading whom. Their journey becomes an acrimonious and murderous trek that shifts power from one man to another, challenged by the indigenous people they come across as well as each other.

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DVD sale: $245
DVD also includes Bonus Documentary Gulpilil: One Red Blood
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