Leo and Leva is a documentary made at the request of the contemporary custodian of their story’s site - singer and storyteller Millie Boyd - who wanted to clarify tribal boundaries in far northern NSW.
Speaking in 3 different dialects (Githrabaul, Knarkbaul and Wearravaul) and singing songs passed on from generation to generation, singer and storyteller Millie Boyd tells fo the love between Leo, A handsome warrior, and Leva, a beautiful maiden from another tribe. The story is illustrated in re-enactments.
The simplicity of the story is enjoyable, and as the audience we are privileged to hear it. All the threads aren’t tied up in this short film; rather it is presented as if it was a yarn being heard while around the fire or at the feet of an elder.
This is a dramatised documentary based on an Aboriginal tribal legend from northern NSW.
- Millie Boyd - Storyteller
- Co-winner of the Erwin Radio Award for best film at the Melbourne Film Festival in 1988.
Told in both Bundjalung language and in English.
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Other films by Lorraine Mafi-Williams
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