Marungka tjalatjunu (Dipped in black) follows Yankunytjatjara man Derik Lynch's road trip back to Country for spiritual healing, as memories from his childhood return. A journey from the oppression of white city life in Adelaide, back home to his remote Anangu Community (Aputula) to perform on sacred Inma ground.
Inma is a traditional form of storytelling using the visual, verbal, and physical. It is how Anangu Tjukurpa (story connected to country / dreaming / myth / lore) have been passed down for over 60,000+ years from generation to generation.
“The film exposes and weaves together those tender and difficult threads of living in multiple worlds–worlds which are your own, full of loss and love, of trauma and survival–and worlds which are thrust upon you, often violent, often unrelenting, and often unforgiving. This is a film of healing and of elegance, and the places that exist between sunrise and sunset, and dusk and dawn.”
- Jury Statement, Berlinale 2023
(Sky Hopinka, Cătălin Cristuțiu, Isabelle Stever)
“Marungka Tjalatjunu (Dipped in Black) is an incredibly evocative, precise, and raw film. Exploratory and playful in its form, the film tests the line of fact and fiction, and in turn unearths something that sits at the root of the human experience. The film has a highly accomplished and distinct aesthetic that allows for a powerful contemplation of culture, Country, identity and belonging. Derik Lynch is utterly mesmerising in the way he shares his life experiences, on his country, and in his Yankunytjara language. This is a film that is both deeply affecting and matter of fact in its approach, and although it is short in its duration, the film is so concisely exacted, it only leaves you wanting more."
- Jury Statement, Sydney Film Festival 2023
(Christoffer Guldbrandsen, Sascha Ettinger Epstein, Laurrie Brannigan-Onato)
"In Marungka Tjalatjunu (Dipped in Black), filmmakers Matthew Thorne and Derik Lynch discovered an approach to biography wholly their own. Sensitive to the exciting and at times excitingly treacherous territory between fact, memory and story, they have created a deeply moving cinematic portrait. It was a privilege to follow Lynch’s journey to Aputula, and to glimpse his past along the way, the generosity, courage and imagination with which he navigates tradition, belonging and individuality. Marungka Tjalatjunu (Dipped in Black) impressed us with the focus and frankness with which the filmmakers grapple with Australia’s colonial and political landscape, in which a bold and brave individual creates self."
- Jury Statement, Melbourne International Film Festival 2023
(Alena Lodkina, Kate ten Burren, Virginia Whitwell)
"For an impressive audio-visual experience which reminds us of the best works of the masters of cinematic art, such as Nicolas Roeg and Terrence Malick, as well as a meditative atmosphere which brings us back with its colours and sounds to the beginnings of the world as we know it - the jury decided unanimously that the Golden Mimosa for Best Documentary Film goes to Dipped in Black, directed by Mathew Thorne and Derik Lynch."
- Jury Statement, Montenegro Film Festival 2023
(Dejan Petrović, Josip Lukić, Velibor Čović)
Silver Bear Jury Prize / Berlinale / Germany 2023
Teddy Award Short Film / Berlinale / Germany 2023
Documentary Australia Award / Sydney Film Festival / Australia 2023
Best Short Documentary / Melbourne International Film Festival / Australia 2023
Best Documentary / Montenegro Film Festival / Montenegro 2023
Best International Short Documentary / Galway Film Fleadh / Ireland 2023
IDFA / International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam / Netherlands 2023
DOC NYC / USA 2023
AFI FEST / USA 2023
Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal / Cananda 2023
Guanajuato International Film Festival / Mexico 2023
Darwin Film Festival / Australia 2023
Revelations: Perth Film Festival / Australia 2023
Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Festival / Germany 2023
International Documentary and Film Festival of Kerala / India 2023
International Short Film Festival of Cyprus / Cyprus 2023
Wairoa Māori Film Festival / New Zealand 2023