||Produced by ?. 1990.
On an isolated, surreal Australian homestead, a middle-aged Aboriginal woman nurses her dying white mother. The adopted daughter’s attentive gestures mask an almost palpable hostility. Their story alludes to the assimilation policy that forced Aboriginal children to be raised in white families. The stark, sensual drama unfolds without dialogue against vivid painted sets as the smooth crooning of an Aboriginal Christian singer provides ironic counterpoint. Moffatt’s first 35mm film displays rare visual assurance and emotional power.
Night Cries is about “loving and hating your mother”, says Tracey Moffat.
1 videocassette (19 min.) : sd., color ; 1/2 in
A film by Tracey Moffatt
Subject Effects of policy that forced Aboriginal children to be raised in white families