Film: It is Killing the Clouds: A Confrontation Between Aboriginal Dreamtime and Westerners' Dream of Progress

Jan van Boeckel

Research output: Artistic and non-textual formArtefactArt in coproduction

Abstract

It is Killing the Clouds A Confrontation between Aboriginal Dreamtime and Westerners' Dream of Progress. In 1988, non-Aboriginal Australia celebrates 200 years of European settlement. Aborigines rally in protest, but their voice is lost in the media reports. What prevents Westerners from understanding Aboriginal culture? Where did the two grow apart? The film suggests that a major difference is that the Western tradition disenchanted nature. Man placed himself outside and above nature. A new work ethic evolved, which holds the belief that 'labour sets one free'. Rather than nature, technology is our new realm of the sacred. As French philosopher Jacques Ellul says in the film: 'Technology is intolerant, it only accepts itself. All myth, all wisdom, is being eliminated.' It is Killing the Clouds is a poetic quest for meaning in our time. 1992, 150 minutes, Dutch, English link to film subtitles (Dutch and English)
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1992
MoE publication typeF2 Public partial realisation of a work of art

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