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All titles produced by CAAMA Productions

51 titles - sorted alphabetically or by year

1990s

Satellite Dreaming documentary – 1991

The creation of CAAMA was designed to produce media that would sustain a strong Indigenous identity with regional variations.

Benny and the Dreamers documentary – 1992

Freddy West Tjakamarra, a member of the Pintubi people, thought that tinned food contained human flesh.

Warlpiri documentary – 1993

Elders teach children how to collect and prepare bush potato – a bush tucker favourite.

Marn Grook documentary – 1996

'Marn Grook’ is the Indigenous name of a game very similar to AFL. This revealing documentary contends that AFL is in fact derived from Marn Grook.

Desert Tracks short film – 1997

Desert Tracks – a business established without government funding – is a community’s attempt to sustain itself culturally and an important initiative for self-determination.

Shifting Sands – My Colour, Your Kind short film – 1998

When under threat of having their children stolen by authorities, Indigenous mothers resorted to darkening their fair-skinned children with mud and charcoal.

Tennant Creek – Sacred Dances documentary – 1999

The spirit Moonga Moonga 'is cheeky’ to people from other countries and cultures. The land is considered a living entity around which cultural practices originate.

2000s

Minymaku Way: There’s Only One Women’s Council documentary – 2000

Minymaku Way challenges views of Aboriginal community dependence on outside bureaucracy.

Teddy Briscoe documentary – 2000

Indigenous stockman Teddy Briscoe, now an old man, tells his story, sharing the historical importance of men like him to the Australian cattle industry.

Tombstone Unveiling documentary – 2000

In Torres Strait Islander culture, unveiling the tombstone of the deceased a year after death marks the end of the mourning period.

Willigan’s Fitzroy documentary – 2000

In the film’s introduction we hear the director talking with Willigan as they drive through the country in a four-wheel drive vehicle, setting up a style Thornton uses throughout the film.

Alyawarre Country documentary – 2001

For decades there was awful conflict between pastoralists and Indigenous people; two elders share their perspective, in their language.

Dog Dreaming documentary – 2001

Dog Dreaming is a documentary about the journey of two ancestral dogs that became a Dreaming story.

My Mother’s Country Part 1 documentary – 2001

Oral history is an important feature of Indigenous culture. The stories told by family members give the Coniston massacre of 1928 a human face.

My Mother’s Country Part 2 documentary – 2001

Japanangka’s act of retaliation for the theft of his wife sparked one of the last-known massacres of Aboriginal people in Australian history.

Narbalek documentary – 2001

Narbalek is one of more than 100 documentaries made in the Nganampa Anwernekenhe Series, designed primarily for Indigenous audiences.

Smoking the Baby documentary – 2001

Smoking the Baby demonstrates an Indigenous ritual that helps children and mothers fend off illness.

Big Girls Don’t Cry documentary – 2002

This is about Indigenous women living with renal disease, and their strength pulls at the heart strings.

Cold Turkey short feature – 2002

This short feature is told in a series of flashbacks and flashforwards because the lead character suffers from blackouts.

Snake Dreaming short film – 2002

A short drama written and performed by Indigenous children about the Stolen Generations. It won Best Indigenous Film at the Alice Springs Youth Festival in 2002.

Trespass documentary – 2002

Trespass revisits the Mirarr people’s fight against the uranium mines in Jabiluka. Yvonne Margarula is arrested for walking on her own land.

Beyond Sorry documentary – 2003

The filmmakers get to the heart of the consequence of child removal, yet tell a story that is painfully humane, and never compromising the humanity and beauty of its subjects.

Time Bomb documentary – 2003

A time bomb’ is how Frank Djara, a diabetic and the first male health worker in Areyonga, refers to living with diabetes.

5 Seasons documentary – 2004

Ancient Indigenous philosophies and cosmologies, this documentary shows, treat the land as a living entity and worthy of respect.

Karli Jalangu – Boomerang Today documentary – 2004

The making of the number seven boomerang is not a hurried process, but measured and multifaceted. Every step of the procedure has meaning.

Mparntwe Sacred Sites documentary – 2004

This documentary about Mparntwe (Alice Springs) provides a history of the region and the journey of the ancestral beings that gave Mparntwe its form.

Sammy Butcher, Out of the Shadows documentary – 2004

Musician Sammy Butcher played with the Warumpi Band and now invests his energy in young musicians in his community of Papunya.

Warren H Williams, the stories, the songs documentary – 2004

Inspired by his musical family, Arrernte musician Warren H Williams became a singer-songwriter himself.

Wirriya: Small Boy documentary – 2004

A warm account of family narrated by eight-year-old Ricco, who lives with his foster mother in an Indigenous Australian town camp near Alice Springs.

The Art of Healing documentary – 2005

Indigenous artists have given biblical texts a unique interpretation on the walls of a church near Alice Springs.

Black and Dusty documentary – 2005

This is a film for those addicted to speed and dust. Filmmaker Warwick Thornton is one of the Indigenous participants in the 2005 Finke Desert Race from Alice Springs.

Case 442 documentary – 2005

Case 442 is a personal testimonial to the effects of Aboriginal child removal policies, and the lifelong consequences it has had upon people who have endured being separated from their families and communities.

Crook Hat and Camphoo documentary – 2005

This is an episode of the important Nganampa Anwernekenhe TV series that aims to preserve indigenous language and culture.

Green Bush short film – 2005

Warwick Thornton began his film career as a cinematographer and moved into directing and writing. In Green Bush, his visual aesthetic complements his storytelling strengths.

Living Country documentary – 2005

The federal government’s 2005 proposal to dump nuclear waste 'in the middle of nowhere’ is impossible, given that the whole of Australia is ‘somewhere’.

Loved Up – Lore of Love documentary – 2005

This film about people in love is a refreshing break from the usual heavy-handed anthropological treatment of Indigenous subjects.

Merrepen documentary – 2005

Women from the Nauiya community 'are painting our stories and making things’ to practise cultural knowledge and pass on and preserve traditions.

The Old Man and the Inland Sea documentary – 2005

Warwick Thornton’s documentary about a 'noodler’ on the mining fields of Coober Pedy and the sense of community he shared with Indigenous people whilst doing this work.

Rydin’ Time documentary – 2005

This documentary about three Indigenous rodeo riders at the 2005 Mt Isa Rodeo has an energetic soundtrack that creates a youthful, lively narrative true to its subjects.

Agnes Abbott: Hard Worker documentary – 2006

An Eastern Arrernte woman’s journey from mustering cattle to performing at the opening ceremony of the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

Cheeky Dog documentary – 2006

Dion is profoundly deaf and has muscular dystrophy but his love of dogs and his carer’s love have transformed him.

Cool Drink and Culture documentary – 2006

These three young women are passionate about passing on their knowledge of bush tucker to the Amunturrngu community’s children.

Sunset to Sunrise (ingwartentyele – arrerlkeme) documentary – 2006

A yarn told by Rupert Max Stuart, an Arrernte and Mu-tujulu Elder, encapsualing his philosophies about passing culture on and keeping it alive.

Bungalung: A Dreaming of Cannibals documentary – 2007

A dramatised documentary about an ancient ghost story told by two Anmatjere elders to a group of children.

Double Trouble – Episode 1 television program – 2007

Double Trouble is in the vein of Parent Trap, but with an Australian spin. It is an entertaining children’s program that offers insights into the lives of young people living in the Alice.

Double Trouble – Episode 4 television program – 2007

Double Trouble allows a cultural exchange to happen for the audience as well as the characters, as we follow the adventures of twin sisters who are both 'fish out of water’.

Double Trouble – Episode 7 television program – 2007

Double Trouble has entertaining and likeable characters and boasts an experienced cast. It also wonderfully captures an Indigenous sensibility and humour.

Tnorala: Baby Falling documentary – 2007

An ancient central Australian dreaming story about the formation of a large meteorite crater in the Northern Territory.

Willaberta Jack documentary – 2007

Willaberta Jack and Harry Henty on the record, recalling an incident that occurred almost a century ago.

Bush Toys documentary – 2008

A group of boys from the Titjikala community maintain the desert tradition of making miniatures or ‘bush toys’ from materials found in the environment.

Samson and Delilah feature film – 2009

A heartbreaking and thought-provoking film about two Indigenous teenagers growing up in central Australia.