JILA  / 

Short Film

In the desert, water is mostly found below ground. Any surface water quickly dries up in the heat, but underground water remains available in waterholes and rockholes. Aboriginal people of the inland differentiate between permanent water, called living water, and seasonal water that dries up during parts of the year. For the Walmajarri people of the Fitzroy Valley the word for permanent water is Jila. In this film we accompany artist and elder Amy Nugget as she takes her daughter and granddaughter on a journey to visit her ancestral Jila, Purluwala, a sacred site her and her family once lived at.

Director /  Dominic Allen
DOP /  Joel Betts
Sound /  Adam Affif
Broadcaster /  ICTV