Jinda: Truth telling through film

Indigenous screen artist Jenny Fraser is preparing to tour her new independent film, ‘Jinda’, at international and local film festivals.

Jinda resulted from footage that Jenny filmed when she travelled 2000km across Australia, documenting the evolving relationship between the land and the tribal peoples.

“The film is about a woman that has many lifetimes over different eras, and how she maintains her culture in the ways of the day”, she said. “The Jinda film is stitched together through a series of cinematic poems built around the characters travel through country, centuries and generations.”

Jenny was motivated to film and showcase her project on the Gold Coast because she has a very strong family and personal connection to the land.

“Our family connection to this ancient land goes back about 1000 generations, and that is powerful, even more powerful than the dispersement of our people that was inflicted in recent times. On a personal level I have been reconnecting with our ancestral homelands since the 90s and one of the first screen culture events that I helped to organise was on the Gold Coast, the National Experimental Film Festival in 1989.”

Jenny has Yugambeh roots of the Tribal area that is now referred to as the Scenic Rim area of the Hinterland of the Gold Coast, which provided historical basis and cinematic inspiration for the film.

“We filmed in places like Bilinga Beach, Tugun, Currumbin and in the mountains at places near Rathdowney, Numinbah Valley and Binna Burra,” she said.

Jenny has spent years recording footage for the film and says she likes to go with the flow for her filmmaking process, but some interesting things did happen.

“When we were filming at Kweebani Overhang it got dark and I made a wrong turn which meant that we were walking down the mountain, instead of up to Binna Burra Lodge. That kind of sums up the process of filmmaking – finding our way in the dark. All up that was a hike over 10km that night, and it hurt after a long day, so I have learned from that and now I try to walk at least 6km everyday so that I can be ready for the unexpected,” explained Jenny.

The Jinda film has been through Principal Photography and is seeking funds for the next stage of the production. Once the film is completed, it will tour the festival circuit, especially in Indigenous Film Festivals.

“The film will tour on the International Film Festival circuit. I also run the Solid Screen Festival, which has taken place on the Gold Coast and we hope to do a screening again and connect with locals, as this is the best way for other interested film makers to engage with screen storytellers in person, for sharing,” she said.

“Our cast and crew are proud to bring this unique and powerful document of Indigenous women’s stories to contribute to screen culture. The story of Jinda is part of our collective history, and the aim is to inspire more women toward truth telling.”

IMAGE (c) Lamp Photography

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