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Tasmania, the 1830s. When a gang of European soldiers massacre a tribe of Aborigines, only Manganinnie survives. In despair she only waits to die, but a chance encounter with 8-year-old Joanna inspires her to resist fate. Together the old woman and the girl trek from the mountains to the sea in search of the vanished tribe.

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John Honey
Ken Kelso
Gilda Baracchi


Mawuyul Yathalawuy - Anna Ralph - Philip Hinton - Elaine Mangan - Buruminy Dhamarrandji - Yunupingu - Reg Evans - Jonathan Elliott - Timothy Latham

Production Details

Production Completion
Production Company
Tasmanian Film Corporation


International Sales
Archives Office of Tasmania

Selected Awards & Festivals

  • Festival des Antipodes - Paris
  • Chicago International Festival Of Childrens' Films
  • CINEMAGIC - International Film Festival for Young people
  • Action and Adventure Film Festival - Valenciennes
  • Internationales Essener Kinderfilmfestival im Ruhrgebiet
  • Festival\De Cinema De Douarnenez
  • Festival International Du Film D'Amiens
  • Festival International Du Film D'Amiens
  • Centre Georges Pompidou, Australian - Pompidou Event
  • Moscow International Film Festival
  • International Film Festival for Children and Youth
  • Organisation Catholique du Cinema
  • Children's Film Festival
  • Australian Film Institute