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Year: 2013

Classification: PG

Runtime: 57 min

Produced In: Australia

Directed By: Dylan McDonald

Produced By: Penny McDonald

Language: English

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Jack Buckskin is the teacher of an endangered language. From the northern Adelaide suburb of Salisbury, Jack's mission is to teach the Kaurna language, the language of his ancestors, to as many people as he can in his lifetime. But this is not easy. The language was driven to near extinction over a century ago. Now, Jack and fellow language speakers are sculpting a new Kaurna language and culture, and through that seeking to bring a new way of being to the youth of suburban Adelaide, in the form of a new Aboriginal identity, and with that, hope.

★★★★ "fascinating topic, a charismatic, inspiring subject." - Dianne Butler, Herald Sun

"Many heart-warming moments." - Joshua Bell, FilmInk


  • Sydney Film Festival 2013
  • Adelaide Film Festival 2013
  • Oceanian International Documentary Film Festival (FIFO), Tahiti 2014
  • Stronger Than Fiction Canberra 2014
  • Down Under Film Festival Berlin 2014
  • Margaret Mead New York 2014


  • WINNER! Foxtel Australian Documentary Prize Sydney Film Festival 2013


  • OFFICIAL SELECTION - 2014 Margaret Mead Film Festival

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