Northern Territory, Australia, September 7, 2023


The Karrabing Film Collective

In 2009, some Karrabing boated to their remote country in northern Australia. Half got off at one beach, the other half continuing down the coast. When the first group returned to the beach, the boat was nowhere in sight. Just before a swarm of mosquitoes—bred in inland swamps—overtook them, the boat materialised. It had been stranded down the coast, the motor refusing to start. Corroded wiring, angry ancestors, racialised capital, or Jesus: Salt comprises five ten-minute films. Each film steps seamlessly from one geography of explanation to the next as if through a strange door. Characters get on a boat in a backyard and step out onto a beach.