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Dearbhla

An interesting Indigenous story in which an elder is telling a story to his younger. It is set before white man has reached Australia. This story is based in the mystical past of both wrong love and revenge. It is a more holistic and peaceful time where communities cultivated their own food ...Read more

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Maya

The narration of 'Ten Canoes' is more casual and informal which expresses a more personal side enabling to connect with the viewer. Indigenous folklore and over shots of the land and animals assert the film as from an Indigenous Australian perspective. The informal narration gives a distinct ...Read more

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Einstein

“Ten Canoes” is another award-winning Rolf De Heer and Peter Djigirr film released in 2006 and is the first movie to be filmed completely in Australian Aboriginal languages. The film title was inspired by a photograph of ten canoeists making their way through the Arafura Swamp in Arnhem Land, ...Read more

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Luke

‘Ten Canoes’ promptly immerses you into the mysterious allure of the Northern Territory’s Arafura Swamp as aerial shots pan over the landscape and slowly descend below the quiet undergrowth. Such cinematography reminds me of a David Attenborough wildlife documentary and sets the stage for an ...Read more

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Sam

Ten Canoes is a terrific example of how to portray Indigenous culture and way of life. It uses native dialect in native settings telling stories of real people to provide insight to a viewer who may have no idea about the culture. It is unique and engaging and a very interesting perspective.

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Shreya

Paul Keating’s speech at the Year for the World’s Indigenous People is an exemplary example of acknowledgment of the hardships faced by Aboriginal Australians and hopes to reconcile by understanding the Aboriginal perspective. In his speech, Keating acknowledges the trauma faced by Indigenous ...Read more

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Yusra

Ten canoes is a mesmerizing film about Aboriginal life. Its such beautifully captivated film and that is full of symbolism. Its really slow paced however I still enjoyed it. It really captures how important story telling in the Aboriginal culture is and how much it impacts them. The film ...Read more

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Sriya

Ten Canoes is a movie unlike anything most have ever seen before. A dramatic storytelling about the practices of Indigenous people, it teaches us their values and the significance of their ties to family, land and knowledge through its light-hearted narration. The narrator begins the parable ...Read more

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Monique

This is a slow-paced movie which takes the time necessary to tell a story and reflects how learning is a slow process not only through storytelling but also through doing things together and bonding; in this case making canoes out of tree bark and goose hunting.

The story is set in ...Read more

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Ghoufran

This is an incredible film that incorporates the culture of the Indigenous Australians, thus making it highly successful and educating.

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mia

Ten canoes, by Peter Dijgirr and Rolf De Heer, delves into aspects of Aboriginal culture such as the circle of life, cultural practices, and spirituality. A prominent link to “story-telling’ is established at the beginning of the film with the telling of how the land, water and swamps came to ...Read more

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Eva

Ten Canoes is a very cleverly made movie that captures the essence of Aboriginal storytelling. The parallel created between Dayindi and Ridjimiraril experiences gives an insight into Aboriginal culture and values and why they must be respected in order to keep balance. Through creating this ...Read more

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Shams

Review- 4 Stars
Rolf de Heer’s ‘Ten Canoes’ is a story within a story that delivers some of the most beautiful cinematography I’ve ever seen. From long camera angles to show the beautiful and nourished land, the close up shots of the characters faces to see their emotions and connect ...Read more

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Adelaide

Ten Canoes is a picturesque journey into an Australian past that has seldom been explored through film. Its parallel narrative connects two time points in pre-colonial history, both rich with indigenous ways of being and beautiful visuals that are an undeniable highlight of the film. ...Read more

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Amanda

The film Ten Canoes is unique because rather than giving a history lesson on storytelling, it demonstrates first hand both the importance and influence storytelling has. The storyline of Ten Canoes does not follow the same pattern as a westernized story. Once this is acknowledged, one can ...Read more

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Robert

I loved this movie and found it soaked in symbolism, with connections strong in Aboriginal Lore and culture throughout.
Set in Arnhem land, filmed first in colour, then in black and white, imitating the origin of the story’s beginnings as a photograph from 1936 of warriors standing in ...Read more

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Sofia

I enjoyed this documentary very much even though its considerably slow paste. This is because throughout the whole of it there is a strong sense of humour that catches the attention of the audience and at least made me laugh. There’s a lack of factual information in terms of numbers, dates, ...Read more

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Ashley

The film “Ten Canoes” expresses the importance of story-telling in Indigenous culture and the profound impact it has on Indigenous people in terms of teaching them values and how to behave properly. It does this by following the story of a young man who is interested in one of his brother’s ...Read more

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Regina

This is a well-articulated film that gives the viewer an insight of the Aboriginal culture, their connection to nature, their laws and governance, their unity and their ways of communication with their ancestors. The film generally gives us an exposure to the indigenous culture through story ...Read more

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Robert

Directed by Rolf de Heer, and narrated by Australian film icon David Gulpilil, Ten Canoes presents an innovative glimpse into the lives of Aboriginals long before the settlement from Europeans. The viewer is left captivated throughout the film, as evocative imagery and intellectual narration ...Read more

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Keshi

Ten Canoes is an engaging film which illustrates how story telling is a powerful tool of teaching values and passing on cultural knowledge. Through the use of captivating imagery and narration, the audience is immersed as if they were Dayindi themselves.
The film authentically recreates ...Read more

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Elise

The greatest successes that Ten Canoes presents to us would be the insight that is provided into Aboriginal culture, family life, respect for one another, and connection to the land. The very beginning of the movie with the camera sweeping over the incredible land of Australia effectively ...Read more

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Tennessee

This film by Rolf de Heer and Peter Djili is storytelling in its finest. The calm transitions within the film are swift and calm, alluding to the concept of storytelling and the relation between the past and the present. What starts as a story about patience soon leads to a story of life, ...Read more

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Tamara

I really like listening to and learning about Indigenous stories and those that have a good moral but I was definitely uncertain of the moral of this story for most of the film.

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Madeline

This film provides important insight into aboriginal culture through a traditional story. The acting was not the best, but they were still able to impart valuable lessons throughout the course of the film.

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Mitchell

ten canoes is an interesting film would recommend

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Annie

The opening scene of the film Ten Canoes, is shot from a high angle looking down and spanning a river and swampland. This encapsulates the beauty and serenity of the Australian environment and sets the scene for a story being told by the narrator David Gulpili. This film follows an Indigenous ...Read more

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Daniel

Ten Canoes is a multilayered story within a story. Narrated by David Gulpilil it follows a tribe of men on a canoe expedition to gather food wherein a man with three wives detects his younger brothers interest in one of them. He then proceeds to tell him an ancestral tale that would serve to ...Read more

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adriana

Ten canoes successfully managed to portray the many dimensions of the lives of the Yolngu people with the use of humour and without any westernized influence. This film follows 2 stories of the past and the present. The story starts with an Aboriginal tribe stripping bark and making canoes ...Read more

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Aerin

Ten Canoes brings an oral story about the Aboriginal’s ancestors and brings it to life on screen. This film encompasses two stories in one. The first story is about an Aboriginal group stripping bark and making canoes, while they are working one of the elders begins to tell a younger member ...Read more

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Steph

When viewing Indigenous films, it's imperative that people have an open mind to understanding the various fundamentals that shape Indigenous cultures. Ten Canoes is a successful film because of the way that Rolf de Heer and Peter Djigirr has allowed the Yolngu people to have their voices and ...Read more

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Jeremy

The film “Ten Canoes” has taken a risk and has succeeded brilliantly. As a white Australian child of the 1960’s and 1970’s, I feel a film like this would have been ridiculed had it been produced then. Prevailing attitudes were fuelled by senses of superiority of whites over indigenous ...Read more

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Cara

Ten Canoes, directed by Rolf de Heer and Peter Djigirr, is one of the best examples of a successful collaboration between Aboriginal and non Aboriginal filmmakers. The film follows stories in two different time periods, prior to Western colonisation. Dayindi, a young man in the more recent ...Read more

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Kuya

The story progresses with a narration in general. The narrator talks about birth, death, and reincarnation in Aboriginal tribal culture, by showing a main character, Ridjimiraril. One story about what Ridjimiraril exactly does has color, while another story from elderly to a child has no ...Read more