Oct 31, 2016
Kluge-Ruhe, Virginia Film Festival

Kluge-Ruhe is pleased to present its fourth annual Indigenous Film Series at the Virginia Film Festival!

Friday, November 4, 9:00 pm
Saint Anne’s Belfield School Auditorium
Pre-screening reception at 8:00 pm
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Heaven’s Floor follows Los Angeles photographer Julia on her journey to the Canadian arctic. Her whimsical trip becomes a life threatening disaster. Abandoned, ill-equipped, and stranded on sea ice, she is rescued by Malaya, a young Inuit girl, and is taken to her small Inuit community. Stuck there waiting to return home, Julia discovers the dark truth of Malaya’s world and must decide whether or not to save Malaya from a childhood that closely resembles her own, despite the growing tension with her husband Ed and Malaya’s remaining connections to her home. This film is based on the true story of Writer/Director Lori Stroll and Executive Producer Malaya Quarin-Chapman, both of whom will be present for a post-screening Q & A and discussion, along with Producer Justin Ford.

Join the filmmakers for wine, cheese and lively discussion at the pre-screening reception at 8 pm at Saint Anne Belfield’s School Student Commons, next to the Auditorium.

Sponsored by Kluge-Ruhe, UVA Arts Council, the Virginia Film Festival, and the Arctic Culture Forum.

Saturday, November 5, 1:15 pm
UVA Newcomb Hall Theater
Pre-screening Tour at 10:30 am at Kluge-Ruhe
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Tom ‘Putuparri’ Lawford reflects on how he navigated the deep chasm between his Western upbringing and his traditional Aboriginal culture. He and his grandfather, Spider, go on a series of epic journeys to places in their family’s country, the most important of which is a sacred site called Kurtal. At this site, underground artisan water known as ‘jila’ or ‘living water’ comes to the surface, and it is where Putuparri’s people return when they die. Each trip marks a different stage in Putuparri’s passage from rebellious young man to inspirational cultural leader. Putuparri And The Rainmakers is a story of love, hope and the survival of Aboriginal law and culture against all odds. Tommy May, an artist and traditional owner of Kurtal, and Wes Maselli, the Mangkaja Art Center Coordinator, will be present for post-screening Q & A and discussion.

Join Aboriginal artist Tommy May and Curator Henry Skerritt for a pre-screening tour at 10:30 am at Kluge-Ruhe.

Sponsored by Kluge-Ruhe, UVA Arts Council, the Virginia Film Festival, the Embassy of Australia, and Mangkaja Arts.