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WASH MY SOUL IN THE RIVER’S FLOW is a feature documentary about the lives and love story of Ruby Hunter and Archie Roach, as told, in their own songs and spoken word stories in the 2004 concert Kura Tungar - Songs from the River. The country and river Hunter and Roach sing about is the Murray River, and Ngarrindjeri lands in South Australia - Hunter’s birthplace and early childhood home, before she was stolen. Seventeen years later, working with Archie Roach, filmmaker Philippa Bateman has crafted a film, which cinematically brings alive the emotional, spiritual and physical reality of Hunter’s country, her and Archie’s connection to it, as well as the pull of memory and the joy of coming home.


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Philippa Bateman
Philippa Bateman
Archie Roach  Kate Hodges  Philippa Bateman
Executive Producers
Emma Donovan  Ian Darling
Dir. of Photography
Allan Collins ACS  Bonnie Elliott
Lily Davis  Matias Bolla


Archie Roach - Ruby Hunter - Paul Grabowksy -

Production Details

Production Completion
Art and culture, History and national identity
Production Company
Enigma Machine Pty Limited


Australian Sales
Bonsai Films Pty Ltd
International Sales
Enigma Machine Pty Limited

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