Every year, the films presented by MIFF are excellent. As a media major student at Monash university, I was lucky enough to attend THE MIFF of 2018 and enjoyed a film festival production, UNDERMINED: TALES FROM THE KIMBERLEY. The world premiere on August 8 included “a Welcome to Country”, and the film’s director, producer and subject, including activist/musician Albert Wiggan, were there for the premiere.
The film began after a melodious guitar playing, bringing the view from Melbourne to Australia’s top left corner. Vicissitude is an activity that runs through human society. It is the result of the integration and compromise between human and nature, no matter it is regional or personnel. The story of Kimberly is typical of the clash between tradition and development that inevitably results in a long struggle. This is not a simple reality film, but more like a cruel and direct documentary.
Tragedy is the destruction of beautiful things,and show it to people. This film adopts such documentary approach, showing the vast and magnificent northwest Australia first and the primitive life of self-sufficiency of aboriginal tribes. Everything here is full of primitive atmosphere, simple and beautiful. But the change in human society’s development was inevitable, the reform big hand finally also extends to here.
Many aborigines abandoned their original occupations, such as herding sheep and cattle, fishing and hunting, and turned to more modern occupations in which the pursuit of life changed from spiritual freedom to material control. More and more young people are leaving for more development opportunities.
The film focuses on several story lines, including primitive tribes that adhere to traditional culture, aboriginal youth who accept reform, and old people who coexist with both tradition and development. Different persistence leads to different results, but all of them are unrepentant choices. But for the whole natural environment, development undoubtedly means destruction and loss.
Finally, the film asks people what the road of human society should be. It’s a question that’s been around for a long time, because human society is constantly evolving, and nature is accepting all kinds of changes, and I want to ask what does change? Did the need for development lead people to change nature, or did nature force people to think about change? The film’s expression of this problem is vague, because the director wanted to leave the audience to think for themselves.
I’m in consternation in Australia’s vast grandeur, and I’m also sorry for human’s development damage the nature. Perhaps development is necessary, we can’t abandon it only because we love the nature,it can not limits the own development. There is no such thing as a perfect law which can meet everyone’s need, in my opinion, perhaps at the same time of development, as much as possible to keep the natural appearance is the most original harmony.
For example, the scientific concept of development proposed by China in previous years also applies to the development of western Australia. Development is not only a kind of changes, but one sample of improvement. It is the integration of man and nature. It is also human’s responsibility for themselves and reverence for nature.
UNDERMINED: TALES FROM THE KIMBERLEY, this movie is really able to bring people to think, this and I had seen years before a Taiwanese movie, although forget the name of that film, but in the movie, local conditions and customs of beautiful natural scenery and ancient primitive but memorable, still let me think of it can let a person as if place himself in nature, enjoy the mountain breeze and refreshing rain, feel the vast prairie.
This kind of documentary is an excellent film belonging to the director and the land he loves. It deserves to be remembered by the great nature.