Choir documentary premieres at the Melbourne International Film Festival

A 90-minute independent documentary entitled ‘The Song Keepers’ about the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir will premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) in early August 2017. 

MIFF is the leading film festival in Australia and one of the world’s oldest film festivals, alongside Cannes and Berlin.

Examining the origins and following the developments of their ‘Boomerang’ trip to Germany in 2015, the documentary features heart warming, yet controversial, personal stories from Indigenous Lutherans that have never before been told to the general public.

More details about the date of the documentary premiere will soon be released by MIFF at a later date. For more go to

While the choir is in Melbourne for the international release of the documentary, they will be presenting the Victorian premiere of the full choral show (Arrkanala Lyilhitjika – The Joy of Singing) that was originally presented in Germany in 2015.

If you live in Victoria, please support the choir by coming to this amazing concert at the Melbourne Recital Centre (MRC) at 6.30pm on 7 August. Go to for ticketing and more information. The concert on Monday night will be followed by a public workshop and various outreach programs hosted at the Centre throughout the week.

Choir member Theresa Nipper said: I’m really happy that a movie has been made about the choir so that our story can be told for future generations.