ZACH’S CEREMONY

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Aaron Petersen. This documentary follows 16-year-old indigenous youth Zach Doomadgee as he prepares for his traditional initiation ceremony, a rite of passage into manhood for aboriginal boys. Outwardly Zach is a typical Sydney teenager, rebellious, resisting parental pressures and experimenting with drugs and alcohol. But Zach is also caught between two cultures – his aboriginal heritage and his life in bustling Sydney - he is finding it hard to fit in and struggling to find his own identity. In some regards the film Continue reading

ZACH’S CEREMONY – interview with director Aaron Petersen and Alec Doomadgee

by GREG KING Zach Doomadgee is an indigenous teenager caught between two worlds -the bustling modernity of his home in Sydney and the proud culture of his father. This observational documentary traces Zach’s coming of age story as he prepares for a traditional aboriginal rite of initiation. Zach's Ceremony is having a series of event screenings around the country with both Aaron and Alec appearing for some Q&A sessions. Greg speaks to Aaron and Alec about the long journey of bringing the film to the screen, and what they hope audiences will take away from the Continue reading