"Bedevil" is the stunning debut feature from Tracey Moffatt and the first feature directed by an Australian Aboriginal woman. Inspired by ghost stories she heard as a child from both her extended Aboriginal and Irish Australian families, Tracey Moffatt has constructed a sublime trilogy in which characters are haunted by the past and bewitched by memories.
“This is the story of a boy named Kitwana,
A boy who laughed and played,
and went to school,
and did all the things that children do.
One day Kitwana’s life would change and not for the better,
This, however, nobody knew.”
- Ng'endo Mukii
Inspired by the John Ford film The Searchers, an Inuit woman and her daughter are kidnapped by three Inuit men, while her husband and son are away. The Inuit husband sets out on a journey to find his family and punish the perpetrators.
This stylistically daring film audaciously explores the history of exploitation between white men and Aboriginal women, juxtaposing the “first encounter” between colonizers and native women with the attempts of modern urban Aboriginal women to reverse their fortunes.
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.
A woman moves back to her rural home town in Manitoba where her brother Modeste has been raising the woman's daughter with his wife.
A road movie of aspiring musicians journeying across Iran to compete in a talent contest. The band begins their journey to Tehran from a southern province just when they have lost all they had in the flood. Keeping hope alive despite obstacles and dead-ends in a flood-stricken land, they begin to wonder if each stage of the journey is just another turn around a vicious circle.
Chan-sil, long-time film producer for a celebrated director, finds her career derailed when he suddenly dies. She moves to a room with an elderly landlady, takes work cleaning for a young actress, and pursues a French teacher who aspires to direct movies. Through surprising, sometimes dreamlike encounters Chan-sil grapples with anxieties about her age, love life, and career.
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