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Ronin Films is very pleased to be working in association with CAAMA Productions to promote and market their outstanding catalogue of documentaries and dramas on Indigenous subjects.
Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) is an organisation founded in 1980, and owned by the Indigenous peoples of Central Australia. It is dedicated to the social, cultural and economic advancement of Indigenous peoples, and accordingly it has a mandate to promote Indigenous culture, language, dance, and music while generating economic benefits in the form of training and employment. The Association is responsible for a diverse range of media products that engender pride in Indigenous culture, and informs and educates the wider community of the richness and diversity of the Indigenous peoples of Australia.
CAAMA Productions is the largest Indigenous production house in Australia. The company is based in Alice Springs and was established by the CAAMA Group in 1988, to perform the function of a commercial film and television production house for the newly established Imparja Television, a remote area commercial broadcast service, also based in Alice Springs. As a professional film, television and creative facility, CAAMA Productions supports Indigenous producers, directors, camera crews and editors and has close ties with local Indigenous peoples and communities.
The successful documentary series, NGANAMPA ANWERNEKENHE is a collaboration between CAAMA Productions and Imparja Television, and between 4 and 6 short documentaries were made annually for the series over many years. This remarkable series, which celebrated its 21st birthday in 2008, served as a showcase for Indigenous filmmaking talent, with contributions from such filmmakers as Warwick Thornton, Ivan Sen, Beck Cole and Priscilla Collins.
CAAMA Productions has produced documentaries for national and overseas networks including the Seven and Nine Networks, the ABC, SBS, National Geographic, Channel 4 and CBC.
CAAMA has also collaborated on numerous feature films by Indigenous directors, including Warwick Thornton's first feature, the award-winning SAMSON AND DELILAH.
"I have often argued that these CAAMA titles represent the most exciting body of documentary filmmaking in Australia over the last few years. It's a body of work that has emerged from a unique collaborative production base with filmmakers working on each other's productions, and a cultural ethos that differs remarkably from the aesthetics that drive TV documentary elsewhere. Here we have films that are character-driven and content-driven, in a style that is simple and clear, embodying respect for Elders and their stories, and allowing them time to speak in their own way, in their own language, and in their own time.
"The films have a distinctive social function that ties them strongly to the community and gives them an importance that is far removed from the ephemeral "entertainment" nature of much TV documentary made elsewhere.
"In fact, if there are academics reading this note, I'd love to see a post-grad scholar somewhere taking up this collection as the focus for a serious study of their unique style and content: such a study would have wide relevance in documenting a viable model of documentary production that has lasting social and cultural relevance". - Andrew Pike, April 2013
2004 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G) 52 min
In these fast and modern times, the Numurindi people are still guided by the seasons and stories of the Dreamtime. This observational documentary focuses on Moses Numamurdirdi and his families fight to hold onto their culture and ways in an ever-changing world. more
2005 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G) 26 min
NOW DIGITALLY RE-MASTERED FROM ORIGINAL FILM NEGATIVES! An Indigenous radio DJ does the nightshift at a remote community radio station, and must negotiate nightly dramas while still spinning the music. A film by Warwick Thornton. more
2010 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G) 22 min
An Aboriginal perspective on the effect of the Australian Government's Intervention in Aboriginal lives in the Northern Territory. more
2002 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: PG) 26 min
The story of Yvonne Margarula and the resistance of the Mirrar people to the loss of their land and their heritage because of mining operations in the Kakadu area. more
2007 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G) 25 min
Welcome to Jarlmadangah – where we go well off the beaten track! Situated in the West Kimberleys, Jarlmadangah is a remote community often hailed as 'a model' for its many social and cultural achievements. more
2019 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G) 28 min
A portrait of Warlpiri Elder and Lawman, Francis Jupurrurla Kelly – a pioneer of Indigenous filmmaking in central Australia. more
2009 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G) 21 min
Stories of Karlu Karlu and its handback by the government to the traditional owners. more
2010 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G) 24 min
The story of the Bunuba people's efforts to keep alive the story of Jandamarra and his war against white settlers in the 1880s in the Kimberleys, as a source of inspiration for Aboriginal people and all Australians. more
2004 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: PG) 28 min
Bardi Elder, Patsy Achoo, returns to her birthplace on Sunday Island (Iwany), north of Broome, WA, to find it deserted and the old mission settlement in ruins. WARNING: This film contains graphic scenes of killing and preparing turtles for cooking that may distress some viewers. more
2005 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G) 23 min
The Merrepen palm tree is one of many plants that provide a life source for the people of the Daly River region in the top end of the Northern Territory. In this landscape lavished with natural beauty, we discover the many uses of the Merrepen Palm as well as some unforgettable characters. more
2004 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G) 24 min
The continuous struggle by Central Australia's Arrernte people to maintain their sacred sites in the face of property development in the Mparntwe (Alice Springs) area. more
2005 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G) 20 min
Norman Hayes Jagamarra gives us a unique Aboriginal perspective on greed, alcohol and the importance of maintaining your pride and self-sufficiency through a working life. more
2009 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: PG) 22 min
The hunt for the special Oondoorrd or female turtle in the mating season, in the ocean off the West Kimberley region of Western Australia. more
2016-7 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G) 40 min
Two related short documentaries by Viviana Petyarre, featuring artist Gloria Petyarre and her family's search for a cave to which they are culturally connected. For millennia, the Atnangkere Cave has been a Dreaming centrepiece for the Alyawarre people of Atneltye (Boundary Bore), Utopia, north of Alice Springs in central... more