(2001, 85 min., 35mm) AUSTRALIA
Director: Ivan Sen (Gamilaroi)
Australian filmmaker Ivan Sen blends controlled composition with
spontaneity in this interior road film, where two hitchhiking
Aboriginal teens meet on the long road to Sydney. In this partly
autobiographical film, his first feature, Sen mirrors the clash
between Lena and Vaughn's personal ideals and disappointments
through land, identity, and their tale-telling encounters along
the way, always emphasizing the journey over the destination.
"Beneath Clouds strikes a chord in indigenous and
non-indigenous minds and hearts by subtly revealing something
all of us should remember: we each have the power of choice."
- Bird Runningwater, Sundance Native Forum.
Image credit: Ivan Sen at
CAA - photograph by Charmaine Jackson-John; Beneath Clouds