In 2004, Archie Roach and Ruby Hunter, artists at the peak of their power, told their stories through spoken word and song in Kura Tungar—Songs from the River, a collaboration with Paul Grabowsky and the the 22-piece Australian Art Orchestra. Now, Hunter and Roach’s profoundly moving experiences—about being stolen as children, finding each other and returning to Country—come to the big screen in a cinematic celebration of love, survival and triumph.
Wash My Soul in the River’s Flow uses footage combining conversations, rehearsals, and the opening night, with breathtaking images of Hunter’s Ngarrindjeri country in South Australia, the film is a portrait of artists at the peak of their powers and a profoundly moving story of loss, love and what it means to truly come ‘home’.
“This beautiful film is, in every way, a memorable experience”
– David Stratton, The Australian
“Poignant, inspiring, ethereal…a glorious and intimate experience”
– Jane Freebury, The Canberra Times
“A film that blew me away… You need to watch this.” Jacinta Parsons, ABC Radio Melbourne
“Mesmerising” – Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning Herald