Manapanmirr, in Christmas Spirit

Gurrumuruwuy, Paul, Deger, Jennifer, Yangathu, Fiona, and Mackenzie, David (2012) Manapanmirr, in Christmas Spirit. [Video]

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Abstract

Manapanmirr, an expression that refers to a state of being joined or brought together, is a theme that pervades this film about the complex sorrows and joys of Christmas in northeast Arnhem Land, one of the largest and most isolated tracts of Aboriginal land in Australia. This film explores the role of photography and adapted Christmas rituals to intensify the presence of ancestors, thereby infusing the world with new meaning and resonance.

Research Statement

Research Background This collaboratively produced film is an experiment in producing a shared ethnography based in the performative aesthetics of Yolngu ritual. It uses video and photography to evoke and move non-Aboriginal audiences to a new understandings of how Yolngu have adopted Christmas as a season imbued with the transformative cycle of life, death, and rebirth.
Research Contribution This feature-length documentary represents a major extension and elaboration of Deger's previous written and image-based analyses of Yolngu media. It demonstrates how new media enable forms of ritually intensified affect that lead to the emergence of new Yolngu cultural forms and practices. It represents also another step in the development of a co-creative research methodology, in keeping with the experimental and participatory ethos that underpins the ARC projects funding this research.
Research Significance The film has been selected for competition in major ethnographic film festivals including the Jean Rouch Festival and the Margaret Mead Film Festival, where it was awarded a special commendation. It was showcased in the 2012 Visible Evidence Documentary Conference (along with its sister-project the 3 screen installation Christmas Birrimbirr), and has shown at invited screenings/talks at the University of Venice, ANU, University College London, New York University, Moscow Ethnographic Film Festival, the Australian Embassy, Washington DC and the Moesgaard Museum, Denmark. The film has been distributed by Miyarrka Media for teaching and research purposes to universities in the United States, Australia and several European countries.
Item ID: 34834
Item Type: Video
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Deger is credited as co-director, producer, translator and co-editor. See attached review.

Cultural sensitivity statement: Due to the presence of many now deceased people in this film and in accordance with the cultural protocols of my Yolngu collaborators, this film is not available publicly for sale at this time. It is however available for private distribution through Deger's university networks.

Media of Output: Video
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Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2014 05:43
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology @ 100%
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