Good-bye Old Man

© MacDougall
70 minutes / Colour / 1977
Directed by
David MacDougall

Country of production Australia

A last request of a Tiwi man on Melville Island was that a film be made of the pukumani (bereavment) ceremony to follow his death. The film follows his family, from the days of preparation to their final leave-taking of the old man. Commentary by Thomas Woody Minipini, one of the participants.

Language and subtitles English with English Subtitles

Location(s) depicted Melville Island

Region Australia

Country Australia

Keywords Indigenous peoples / First Nations peoples Death Elderly people Film / Photography / Mass media Ritual