37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024



Preceded by short films Gapu Ga Gunda and Galka

Praised by audiences spanning the globe, indigenous artist Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu was considered one of the most prominent vocal artists to ever emerge from Australia. Blind from birth, Gurrumul found his voice through music. Amidst living a traditional Yolngu life, Gurrumul utilized his musical ability to inspire his Elcho Island community in far North East Arnhem Land. When his breakthrough album ‘Gurrumul’ was released, artists around the world started to embrace the enigmatic talent and his music. Carrying on Gurrumul’s legacy, this documentary offers a glimpse into the cultural and ceremonial lifestyle that informed the singer’s musical artistry. Introduction by Margo Smith (Kluge-Ruhe), discussion with shorts director Ishmael Marika and Wukun Wanambi (The Mulka Project), moderated by Henry Skerritt (Kluge-Ruhe)


Saturday, November 3


7:30 PM


Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

Film Info

Director: Paul Damien Williams.

Runtime: 96 min.

Genre: Documentaries

Year: 2018

Country: Australia

Language: English, Aboriginal

Featuring: Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, Mark Grose, Michael Hohnen, Sting.