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Central Australia’s answer to The Buena Vista Social Club, THE SONG KEEPERS tells the uplifting story of women from the world’s oldest culture preserving some of the world’s oldest sacred songs, connecting Germany to Indigenous history in the process.

Echoing this year’s theme for NAIDOC week, ‘Because of her, we can’, THE SONG KEEPERS looks at a hidden 140-year musical legacy of ancient Aboriginal languages and German baroque hymns being preserved by four generations of song women who form the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir. Singing 14th-century Lutheran hymns – brought to the area by missionaries – in their own western Arrarnta and Pitjantjatjara tongues, the choir’s efforts to save these sacred songs are boosted by the arrival from Melbourne of a charismatic conductor who orchestrates a historic tour of Germany to bring the hymns back to their homeland.

Together these remarkable women take their music and stories of cultural survival, identity and cross-cultural collaboration to the world.

DIRECTED BY Naina Sen – 84mins. Australia G