‘THEY CAME FOR GATHERING’ documents the first ‘STORIES AND SONGS OF THE PEOPLE’ event held in Australia (in Melbourne, 1999).
In a time when issues such as reconciliation were (and still are) prevalent, this event arose from the desire to celebrate Australian Aboriginal culture as well as the desire to establish a cultural and educational exchange between Indigenous cultures from around the globe.
As a concert it gave a stage for many Aboriginal artists to express their vision for a collective future through music; as an event organised by ‘grass roots’ community it created a platform from which subsequent events have developed, including another event in 2000 and a CD (entitled ‘Humble Beginnings’).
STORIES AND SONGS OF THE PEOPLE: THEY CAME FOR THE GATHERING
PERFORMING ARTISTS: Frankie Yamma, Peter Rotumah, Deb Morrow, Kelli Howell, Neil Murray & Stephen Teakle, Shane Howard, Illana Atkinson, Tom E. Lewis, Tiffany Eckardt & Dave Steel, Nick Larkins, Lee Morgan, Russell Smith, Malcolm Jagamarra and visiting Native American artist Johnnie Aseron.
CREW: EDITOR: Zbigniew Friedrich DIRECTOR: Fiona Cochrane PRODUCERS: Johnnie Aseron and Fiona Cochrane
Post-produced with the assistance of the Indigenous Program Unit, ABC-Television & the Indigenous Unit, Australian Film Commission.
Best Foreign Documentary at 2001 Santa Clarita Int. Film Festival (USA) Silver CINDY Award at 2001 International CINDY competition (USA) Screened in Australia at 2001 St Kilda Film Festival, Eye Candy 2001, Splendour in the Grass - On Screen Gallery & internationally at Canadian International Annual Film & Video Festival.