The Song Keepers

Central Australia’s answer to Buena Vista Social Club - the story of the Aboriginal women preserving some of the world’s oldest sacred songs.

"In the central desert region around Hermannsburg, west of Alice Springs, a hidden 140-year musical legacy of ancient Aboriginal languages and German baroque hymns is 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." (Melbourne International Film Festival)

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Sydney Morning Herald

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It seems cruel to criticise a film that so plainly wants to be loved, but Naina Sen's The Song Keepers is one of the weakest Australian documentaries to score a big-screen release in a while.

The Age (Australia)

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It seems cruel to criticise a film that so plainly wants to be loved, but Naina Sen's The Song Keepers is one of the weakest Australian documentaries to score a big-screen release in a while.