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Against all odds, Djalu Gurruwiwi, spiritual custodian for the didjeridu (yirdaki), battles to preserve his sacred music and culture.
Against all odds, Djalu Gurruwiwi, spiritual custodian for the didjeridu (yirdaki), battles to preserve his sacred music and culture.
Against all odds, Djalu Gurruwiwi, spiritual custodian for the didjeridu (yirdaki), battles to preserve his sacred music and culture.
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    1. Joshua Bell Creator on

      Hi Peter -

      I know you have waited a painfully long time - I won't provide excuses as I have put everything into the film - time and finances included. I have over $100 K of personal money into the project.

      The film is finished. Late January, I sent a Vimeo link to all of the Kickstarters with a link and I don't know if you had time to view the film then. Attached is a private link to the film that does not expire so you can view it electronically at your leisure. Please don't pass it around.

      The truth be told that despite our best efforts, we have been rejected numerous times from festivals in the States and internationally which has prevented us from distributing the film appropriately. I am now at a point where I am going to send out versions of the film and hope it doesn't get bootlegged and distributed electronically. I have also been turned down from multiple distributors as the content is too niche.

      I haven't lost hope and I do sincerely apologize - this project is a massive endeavor on numerous levels.

      I will make sure that your rewards are fulfilled in the first run sent out . . . please rest assured I am doing my best.



      In Between Songs
      Film link:
      Password: between123_vimeo

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      Peter Lister on

      Is this project really taking place Josh ? It's been years now and I'm beginning to wonder if it's ever going to be realized. Peter Lister in Australia.

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      Fran6co on

      Hi there ! Where's the film up to by now ?
      Can't wait to watch all this !

    4. Shermo on

      How are you guys going with the film?

    5. loic martin-BALANDA.ES on

      Yo, manymak!!! well done guys!!!

    6. Glenys Bibby on

      Congrats Josh and the team, a great effort to reach your $20k goal. It was so wonderful to see the pledges and support come in from all around the world, a fantastic effort, one to be truly proud of. Now the work really begins.

    7. MilkyRay on

      Yeah! Proud to say I got some spending happening from Austria, all the best for this project, I am sure you will get there. Looking forward to the film. I indirectly benefit from Djalu and his culture for example by playing yidaki everyday, and am happy somebody got the idea to fund independent media this way. Badly needed in our corporate world.

    8. Ron Crose on

      We're almost there! This project has a lot of promise. I wish more of the young people there were listening. Perhaps this film can inspire those closest by seeing inspiration from others on the outside. Those of us who have been there with Djalu know that money is not the answer, but rather the belief by Galpu that traditional ways are not only important, but the key to prospering within their own future. Because the alternative is definitely NOT working. I hope we can make it to the goal this week. Manimak Joshua.

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      Guan Lim, iDIDJ Australia on

      I totally agree with you Glenys, it is rare to see the combination of talent and dedication that Josh brings to this project!

    10. Glenys Bibby on

      In 1999 Joshua Bell lived at our home, whilst attending an Australian Cultural Programme at Melbourne Uni. Here he explored one of his passions, the making and playing of the Aboriginal didgeridoo.
      Josh is now wishing to raise much needed funds to complete a project close to his heart, one that he first began whilst visiting the Aboriginal community of Nhulunbuy, here in the Northern Territory all those years ago.
      For this young American man to have a passion that runs so deep, to support and follow this dream for over a decade, speaks so strongly of his dedication to the plight of people who need a voice. I feel so proud that Josh has chosen to use his film-making talent and ability to highlight the plight of the worlds Aboriginal people.
      Should you be reading this and be wondering if you should support this project, do not think twice. A small donation will have a ripple effect which will continue long after the film has been made, touching the lives, hearts and hopefully consciousness of all who see it.
      With my small donation Josh is now past the $14,000 mark. So close to the financial goal to 'kickstart' this amazing project.

    11. loic martin-BALANDA.ES on

      Thanks for your words wawa!! un saludo hermano!!

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      Omid Aski Laridjani on

      Marrkup Mi! No one is listening because that voice is most quiet. Djalu's voice is synonymous with the voice of the wind. Only those that sit quietly can listen to that melody singing. And today, humanity has forgotten how to be quiet and pay respects to the four corners. The answers are there right in front of us, but we have forgotten the language of the heart. That's why Djalu is still young and sending those cultural pollens that hopefully grow in to a tree with fruits teaching us how to see and learn from our local nature. That yidaki is one language that speaks directly to the patterns with hidden mysteries that are ready to go beyond the mind and echo in the heart chambers. Only then do feet really begin to dance to the true voice of our land, and only then are paintings painted in the inner walls of all hearts. Money is not the only answer here. If money is used to take us to Yolngu to allow them to take us in to their bush-university where barefoot walking is advised to really see the connections with are root eyes, can change begin. Drops of wisdom-rain begins to fall only when we allow Yolngu to take us in deep in their land where those songs have sprouted generation after generation. Their rich nature has all the lessons necessary for the progression of technology to cooperate with the law of our earth, but we first have to learn from Yolngu how to see. Building Yolngu mental clinics or spending money surface-ly is not the answer as it projects their pain. It only shows them that they are broken. Allow Yolngu to hold our hands and take us in the bush to teach us how to see and how to listen. Out of such experiences comes great change that lights candles in the dark cold rooms of the heart of humanity.

    13. James Fisher on

      Wow! this applies to ALL indigenous cultures...including our own Native Americans. A worthy cause, and I'm now a supporter. :-)

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      August Thurmer on

      Of course I am close to the project, but in my heart I know that this is a film wich must be made.