Karbara The First Born

A film on the First National Black Playwrights Conference and Workshop held January 1987 in Canberra, Australia. Invited into the Sydney Film Festival in June 1987 and Pincher Creek Indian Film Festivals of 1989 & 1990, Karbara the First Born was first broadcast on ABC TV, October 1987. ElephantEars Press re-presents this vital 16mm film showcase and record of indigenous directors and writers, new and established, young and old, workshopping original works written for stage and screen, with the participation of indigenous & non-indigenous Australian actors.

Rediscovered and retrieved by the film’s director and producer from where it was being held in the Flinders University Library, this 16mm documentary-drama is not just an important record of Australian film and theatre history, it is a documentary-drama gem, managing to weave fiction, fact and metafiction into a moving piece on creative effort and cultural dreams.

With the generous help of senior Flinders University librarian, Tom Snook, and Screen NSW, it is now available now on Youtube.

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