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Ringbalin - Breaking the Drought

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by Sue Stevenson (subscribe)
I write essays, short stories and political commentary and believe the colour orange is unfairly discriminated against.
An Aboriginal Perspective
Ringbalin - Breaking the Drought, Engineers Without Borders, EWB, Murray-Darling river system,

It's known as the Murray Darling river system and it's massive - it runs through South Australia, New South Wales, the ACT, Victoria and southern Queensland. It's been in the news a lot in recent years because parts of it were almost dead. Of course, in the most arid continent on earth parts have dried up before, but in 2010, in the worst drought in history, complications of managing the system over so many states, combined with a couple of hundred years of European farming practices, meant that things were dire, and Ngarrindjeri elder Major Sumner was tired of watching his ancestral home, the Coorong, die.

Major - or Uncle Moogy if you prefer - gathered together people from other nations and they began a 2300-kilometre-long ceremony - ringbalin. It was a ceremony to "sing the spirit back into the river, and into themselves." By the time they ended, the drought had broken. Ringbalin is the story of their journey.

RINGBALIN - The Breaking of the Drought from Goodmorningbeautiful Films on Vimeo.

Ringbalin - Breaking the Drought premieres in Melbourne at Bella Union at Trades Hall on 9 December 2013. Funds raised will assist Engineers Without Borders, a non-profit group who promotes humanitarian engineering that enables all people to live a life of opportunity free of poverty. Funds raised will help with their work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and also with the further development of the Ringbalin - River Stories app, an online journey along the rivers, which is currently in prototype version. Elders guide you along the journey, which is also GPS-coded so you can be there in real-time.

The documentary runs for 30 minutes. Director Ben Pederick will be live from Cambodia talking about the film and the app's potential. If you wish to learn more background check out indiegogo.

Tickets are $25 ($20 concession). You can pay at the door but booking in advance is recommended online, or phone Bella Union on 03) 9650 5699.
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Why? A mind-changing Aboriginal perspective
When: Monday, 9 December 2013, 6.30pm for a 7pm start
Phone: Bella Union - 03) 9650 5699
Where: Bella Union, Trades Hall, Cnr Lygon and Victoria Streets, Carlton, Victoria
Cost: $25/$20
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