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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: PG) 24 min
A portrait of Sammy Butcher [Warumpi Band], one of the leading figures in the contemporary Indigenous music scene. more
1991 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: PG) 52 min
Now a film of considerable historic importance, this documentary narrates the emergence of Indigenous media in Australia, and discusses its role in preserving Indigenous languages and culture. more
2006 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G) 24 min
By the light of a comforting campfire, Rupert Max Stuart, a 77-year old Arrernte Mat-utjarra Elder and a custodian of the Alice Springs area, offers poignant words of wisdom to a younger generation. more
2010 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G) 20 min
A journey into the stories and spectacular landscapes of the Daly River region in the north-west of the Northern Territory. more
2014 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G) 132 min
There are around 250 languages with 600 dialects spoken on this land. Today it is estimated around 30 of those languages are still strong and spoken daily, while over a hundred are critically endangered. more
2005 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G) 25 min
TIME BOMB is a film about diabetes and its impact on one man's life. Frank Djara is a Pitjantjatjara man who developed diabetes after an active life dedicated to the health of his community. more
2007 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G) 22 min
Tnorala, in Central Australia, is a breathtaking land formation that rises above the windswept plains fringing the edge of the Western MacDonnell Ranges. It is a place of unique and sacred importance to the Western Arrente people, who actively protect its beauty and integrity. more
2007 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G) 22 min
Three women from the Kununurra area of Western Australia share their art and their experience of being "in country". more
2000 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G) 24 min
A journey into the world of Warren H. Williams – his music and his Arrernte culture. more
2015 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G) 47 min
Six young Australians share what Indigenous culture means to them today in contemporary urban Australia. From the bustling streets of Sydney to the aquamarine vistas of the Torres Strait, their stories span a diverse population across the country and yet share common themes of resilience, courage, optimism and success. more
2007 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G) 26 min
He survived an attempted killing. He survived an unjust legal system. But can he survive white "payback"? A true story from the Northern Territory, 1929, which inspired the feature film, SWEET COUNTRY. more
2001 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G) 27 min
This moving documentary is a record of a few hours in the life of a small 7 year old boy, Ricco, from Hidden Valley, one of the many town camps on the outskirts of Alice Springs. more
2004 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G) 25 min
A portrait of Tom E. Lewis who as a young man in 1978 was chosen by director Fred Schepisi to star in THE CHANT OF JIMMY BLACKSMITH. The life of the character he played was hauntingly close to his own – a restless young man of mixed heritage, struggling between two cultures to find his own identity. more