Naina Senís THE SONG KEEPERSTue Apr 3 2018
Potential Films are thrilled to announce that their new film, Naina Sen’s THE SONG KEEPERS is set to release on APRIL 19.
The Song Keepers, which premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival in 2017, is a remarkable documentary on the Central Australian Aboriginal Women's Choir as they embark on a historic journey to take back to Germany the hymns that were given to their ancestors by the German missionaries but in their own ancient Aboriginal languages and on their own terms.
Release Date: APRIL 19
CINEMA NOVA, LIDO CINEMAS, CLASSIC CINEMAS, CAMEO CINEMAS, SUN THEATRE (Melbourne)
DENDY CINEMAS (Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra)
STATE CINEMA (Hobart)
Release Date: MAY 3
TRAK CINEMAS, WALLIS CINEMAS PICCADILLY (Adelaide)
ALICE SPRINGS CINEMA (Alice Springs)
Dir. by Naina Sen, Australia, 2017. 84 min | Documentary
Australia’s answer to The Buena Vista Social Club, The Song Keepers tells the inspiring story of an Aboriginal women’s choir and their first tour of Germany.
In the churches of remote Central Australia, a 140-year musical legacy of ancient Aboriginal languages, German sacred hymns and baroque music is being preserved by four generations of song women that make up the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir.
With the charismatic musical director Morris Stuart, the choir embarks on an historical tour of Germany, singing the baroque Lutheran hymns – brought to Australia by missionaries – in their own Western Arrarnta and Pitjantjatjara languages.
Together these remarkable women take their music and stories of cultural survival, identity and cross-cultural collaboration to the world.
World Premiere at Melbourne International Film Festival
CinefestOZ Film Festival
Closing Night Film at Darwin International Film Festival
“The Song Keepers is a remarkable and enormously enjoyable documentary” – The Sydney Morning Herald
“Standing ovation for the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir” - National Indigenous Television (NITV)
“Joyous ode to cross-cultural collaboration” – Goethe-Institut Australia
STILLS – High res available HERE
TRAILER – available HERE
The film director Naina Sen and the choirmaster Morris Stuart are available for interviews.